Former Indian captain Sourav Ganguly feels for today’s cricketers who have been living in a bio-bubble for months as a result of the pandemic.
Ganguly, the chairman of the Cricket Control Board of India (BCCI), said life in a bio-bubble was never easy.
“In the last six or seven months with so much cricket in the bio-bubble, it’s so difficult. Just space and ground, manage the pressure on the ground, come back into the room and come back to the ground. It’s an absolutely different life.
“Look at the Australian team. They were supposed to travel to South Africa for a series of tests after India played there. They refused to go because they said their mental health was not in good condition – moving away from their families, not being able to see the country, not being able to come out in the open and still in fear of COVID. You have to stay positive, you have to train mentally, ”Ganguly said at the virtual launch of the Mpower Kolkata center on Tuesday.
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According to Ganguly, Indian athletes can handle the pressure better. “You’ve seen in the last two or three years so many successful people, including athletes from overseas, come and say I need mental help. I think we Indians are a bit more tolerant than the overseas athletes. I’ve played with so many Englishmen, Australians, West Indians, they just give up their sanity.
Ganguly said that athletes should learn to deal with the ups and downs.
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Speaking of the pressure in an athlete’s life, Ganguly gave an example from his own career. “I was captain of India until 2006. Immediately after being captain, I was abandoned for three to four months. During those four months, I had a terrible time mentally. One day I was training in Eden Gardens and I was very angry. I kept running and running and didn’t know I had completed 20 laps of Eden Gardens. So, this is what you are going through as an individual.
“It’s about preparing individuals to go through difficult situations,” said Ganguly.