The performance of the Indian ladies in the World
Cup earlier this year has given a fillip to women's
cricket in the country. The ladies emulated their
male counterparts by excelling themselves in the
tournament held in South Africa, and finishing as
the runner-up to Australia.
With a long and arduous cricketing season around
the corner, it is hardly surprising that the ladies
at the forefront of Women's cricket in India want
to capitalize on the gains.
Twenty probables for the national cricket team are
presently going through the paces at a pre-season
camp at Infosys Mysore, under the supervision of
Sudha Shah, former India captain and current coach
of the national team. This is the first camp of its
kind since the World Cup, and the girls are making
the most of this opportunity to fine-tune their
abilities and return to peak form and fitness, well
in time for the tour by the England team in
A unique feature of this three-week camp, which
began on 10th August 2005 and will culminate on
31st August, is the emphasis on 'mental' fitness.
The batting, bowling and fielding practice sessions
have been complemented by motivational talks by
experts from different fields. Mr. N R Narayana
Murthy, Chief Mentor, and Mr. Mohandas Pai,
Director, Infosys, have had sessions with the
probables on leadership, mental toughness and
motivation. Dr. Kinjal Suratwala, physiotherapist
and psychologist, has stressed on the virtues of
goal-setting with the probables. One of the key
techniques being used by the probables to improve
their 'cricketing intelligence' is the simulation
of different match-situations. This is expected to
make the cricketers better thinkers on their feet.
Other faculty members from Infosys will also be
addressing the probables. Madhu Krishna Rao, who
heads the travel and sports department at Infosys,
is the person who has connected his organisation
with the women's cricket team. He is closely
working with the Women's Cricket Association of
India (WCAI) and the Infosys leadership institute
to design a workshop for the women's team that will
be conducted in Infosys campus.
Many an illustrious cricketer has made the point
over the years that the game of cricket is played
as much 'between the ears' as on the field. The
Women's Cricket Association of India, its
cricketers and Infosys will certainly agree!