Upton, who had a successful four years from 2008 to 2011 under Gary Kirsten, is back at Dravid’s insistence and will now help India’s elite players deal with the pressure cooker scenario ahead of the T20 World Cup by Australia.
“With so much cricket being played, the mental health side of cricket is very important and having a resource like him (Upton) will be really helpful to the group,” Dravid told BCCI.Tv.
Dravid also believes Upton’s familiarity with the Indian cricket setup will prove useful.
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“Travelling as international cricketers, we understand the mental side of the game and we are lucky to have someone like Paddy on board as he has that experience of being with the Indian team during the 2011 World Cup. and even a little before that.
“Most importantly, he (Upton) knows most of the Indian players having worked with them at IPL level or in the Indian team.
“He knows our culture and how the Indian team works. (It) seemed like a really good way for us to tap into his knowledge as we look to build the squad for the World Cup,” added Dravid.
My role is to create an environment for players to grow: Upton
Upton, who has his own interpersonal skills for dealing with individual players, wants to be seen as an enabler of players’ optimal performance level in high-level competition.
“Everyone has a natural flow of motivation and part of my role is to help individuals find that natural flow of motivation and for that we need to create an environment that allows people to be themselves. and flourish,” Upton said.
To prove his point, he gave an analogy of how a gardener must create fertile soil to grow beautiful flowers.
“If I give a simple analogy, it is to grow beautiful flowers, the gardener must create fertile soil. As coaches, our role is to create a fertile environment that helps our players grow naturally and achieve their full potential on and off the pitch,” Upton added.
According to Upton, if the team is in a big mental space, performances will naturally flow.
“If the team is in a big space, the performances will naturally flow. What we need to do is remove the barriers to those performances, individually and from a team perspective,” Upton added.
“The mental side of the game hasn’t changed much but what has changed is the Covid experience and many players have been on the road a lot so there’s an additional element to try and get each individual player as well as the whole team in the best possible space.
“Me and Dravid have been talking about cricket, life and spirituality since ’96’
Upton first met Dravid in 1996 when strength and conditioning trainers were not in vogue and on his first tour of South Africa he wanted to pick the former’s mastermind.
“He (Dravid) has always been someone with such an eagerness to learn, not just about the game of cricket because he’s a cricket game teacher, but about life and everything beyond the game. cricket.
“We’ve been discussing life, cricket, spirituality since 1996. We picked up when we joined the India team in 2008 with Gary Kirsten.
“So I’ve been in these conversations for a long time and super exciting to have these conversations every day and hopefully it helps set this Indian team up for an amazing T20 World Cup,” Upton signed.