Cricket for India
Cricket for India

Cricket for India

Cricket for India
Cricket for India

Cricket for India

WOMEN'S CRICKET - BUILDING ON THE GAINS
 

- By Devendra Prabhudesai   

Cricket for India

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 November 2005.

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!

 

 


- By Devendra Prabhudesai 

Cricket for India
 

 

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