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Batting as a sporting discipline is ‘as close to unique as you can get’

Shiv Chanderpaul

Interesting reading about how cricket is unique in terms of sports psychology in dealing and coping with the ups and downs of the game and how batting is ‘as close to unique as you can get’ as a sporting discipline.

In the betway blog this week Shiv Chanderpaul, the WINDIES batting legend and fifth-most capped player in Test-match history, scoring 11,867 runs over 164 Tests at an average of 51.37, putting him eighth on the list of all-time top run scorers, reveals first-hand about what it takes to bat at International level, with comments from Steve Bull, a leading Sports pyscologist, who was the England men’s team psychologist between 1997 and 2014.

An example of this is as Bull explains; a batsman can do “everything absolutely right” and still end up back in the hutch, an arbitrary feature of the game that can dictate the trajectory of a player’s career.

“There are many walks of life where, if you take control, if you’re confident, resilient and conscientious, it will take you far,” he says.

“In cricket, you can get that piece of bad luck, and that hard work comes to nothing.

“Conversely, if you’re in bad form and get dropped at second slip, then things go your way and you score a hundred: bingo. If that catch had gone to hand, that’s another failure.”

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