Known for his Zen approach to the stick, Indian testing specialist Cheteshwar Pujara says he does yoga, meditation, and takes guidance from a spiritual guru to avoid negative thoughts.
In a Youtube interview on “Mind Matters,” Pujara, 33, said dealing with pressure is important for survival in international cricket.
“Once you are in a negative area, everything around you becomes negative. I do yoga and try meditation, I do my prayers every day, which helps me stay in a positive frame of mind, ”he said.
“There was a time when I felt I couldn’t take the pressure. When I had problems in my youth I would go to my mom and cry in front of her saying I had a lot of pressure and nervousness and didn’t want to play cricket.
“But now I know how to handle the pressure,” said the right-handed hitter who scored 6244 points in 85 tries.
He said he took help from a spiritual guru after losing his mother when he was only 17 years old.
“The mind matters because if you don’t have a clear mind, you are always in doubt. If you are in a happy state of mind, you are leading a happy life.
“I have a spiritual guru and when I lost my mother, it is sad that it is difficult to accept the loss. He said you have to have faith and that faith is something that kept me going.
“Over time I realized that I could use this word (faith) in my game and in my life as well and having faith in God is the most important thing for me.
He said he was injured when he remained unsold in the IPL auction for a long time before Chennai Super Kings chose him this year.
“It was difficult, it’s never easy to be left out and be unsold in the IPL. That hurts me.
“But it’s something I can’t control. After a while, I realize that I’m going to do things that I can control. I continued to work to improve myself towards the shorter format. “
Pujara said players need to see sports psychologists to deal with the pressure.
“I’ve seen a lot of domestic players struggle to cope with the pressure when they reach the international level. I’ve seen the best players see sports psychologists and they always improve your performance.
“I have consulted them several times and it has helped me. When you deal with the mental aspect you always have questions and to dispel those doubts and I saw a different perspective after consulting a sports psychologist. So focus on the process and don’t worry about the outcome. “