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What Impact Does T20 Cricket Have On Coaching?

Jacques Kallis
Jacques Kallis - an example of a self-sufficient cricketer, and one who thrives in Twenty20 cricket
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This week Ben Williams, head coach at the Ben Williams Coaching Academy in New Zealand, is talking about the much discussed T20 format of the game and the impact it has on coaching.

A key ingredient in the make up of any great cricketer is the ability to be self-sufficient In the heat of the battle those that prevail and are able to execute their given skill set effectively and under the utmost pressure, are the players who are self-sufficient.

A coach cannot hold the bat or bowl the ball for you, or take that match winning catch in the middle. Simply put, those who are consistently successful are those who are self-sufficient. We often hear descriptions of certain players as being "mentally tough". Well, I believe these players identified as such, possess high levels of self-sufficiency.

There are many debates as to whether T20 cricket is good for players looking to be successful in the longer form of the game. I believe T20 cricket is shaping self-sufficient cricketers, which will transcend into players being successful in the longer form of the game as well.

Players are being exposed to so many different situations in a T20 game where their mental routines and coping strategies are being tested intensively. T20 Cricket is developing problem solvers and greater game understanding within players, which can only assist in them obtaining ownership of their game and personal skill sets.

A huge ingredient is the category of self-belief and trust. Given the speed of the game these particular ingredients are often tested and this takes efficient emotional management.

Let's face it, the game of cricket is super tough and can test one’s character, so like any skill needing to be developed I believe T20 Cricket provides a training element for this incredibly important ingredient in the make up of a cricketer who can take care of themselves on the pitch.

A perfect example of a mentally tough and self-sufficient cricketer is Jacques Kallis. What an absolute inspirational example of a cool, calm and collected player who did not seem to even shift a gear between the different formats of the game.

Yes, self-sufficiency is nurtured with experience but in my opinion with clinical and well planned coaching, this quality can be developed behind the scenes and in the nets. If deliberate practise is executed with diligence and discipline, self-sufficient cricketers will be a by-product.

This is just one of the many underlying motivations for constructing a comprehensive library of videos for coaches through mycricketcoach.com, focusing on T20 Cricket. T20 Cricket has influenced "The Coach Approach" significantly and I believe in a positive way.

In due course we will see - as a result of T20 cricket - more self-sufficient cricketers who are ultimately going to be role models and inspirations to the cricketing youth.

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