When winter training starts we are all filled with hope and optimism for a stellar summer ahead. Then life gets in the way, we lose motivation and fall back into old habits. The Grand Plan is lost for another season. But not this year.
I have been coaching and playing cricket for decades. Every year I come across the same frustrating attitudes that stop people reaching their potential.
It all happens long before the season starts. People mess up their pre-season training and simply never recover when the weather improves.
From the 6 year old beginner to the established Academy cricketer, here the 5 most common mistakes I see everyone making in the field from time to time. Maybe they are small but all are crucial as a mistake has bigger consequences.
KP has the switch-hit, Dilshan has the Dil-scoop and Dhoni has the Helicopter shot. As club cricketers we can't use any of these high risk shots without looking foolish. Our success rate is minimal. But this doesn't mean us mere mortals canâ€™t play any innovative shots to aid run rates.
Whether it's throwing yourself around in the field or offering to be chief ball shiner; make your non-skill related attributes shine. Then after playing in the team for a few hours or a whole game, try to evaluate what you personally can bring to mark your presence in the team and on the game.
They say that winning is a habit. Unfortunately so is losing. But you can use momentum to carry your team into winning ways; one innings at a time. So, momentum is a very real thing that we focus on during our games. Imagine it, you win the toss and choose to bat.
Are you an intelligent effective sledger or simply an abusive unoriginal fool?
We have all come across the person who states the obvious facts about the batsmanâ€™s weight, equipment or even their hair style.
Wicketkeeping is a tough job. It's made more difficult when you have been keeping a lot because your hands get bruised and sore.
When the ball thuds into your gloves hard and you wince, itâ€™s only natural to become reluctant to catch the ball. When that happens you start making simple mistakes and looking foolish.
Dirk Nannes didn't listen to conventional advice.
The wise sages of cricket all agree: If you have not made it into a first-class setup by the time you are 18, you may as well be on the cricketing scrap heap.
Ask any club captain and one of the first things he will bemoan about his team is the lack of ability to rotate the strike.
Sure, decent batsmen put the bad ball away. Itâ€™s not so easy when the pitch is tricky, the bowling is tight and the field is set to squeeze. The run rate drops and you find it difficult to set a total.