Indian cricketers are “more tolerant” of mental health problems than cricketers from England and Australia: Sourav Ganguly
Indian cricketers are “more tolerant” of mental health problems than cricketers from England and Australia, according to BCCI president Sourav Ganguly, who also acknowledged the difficulty that strict bio-secure environments pose for the players. After the resumption of international cricket, the players have been forced to live in bio-bubbles, confined to hotels and stadiums. They don’t have access to people outside of the bubble, which makes it difficult for players to remain motivated and new.
“I believe Indians are more compassionate than people from other countries (cricketers). I’ve played with a lot of Englishmen, Australians, and West Indians who have completely abandoned their mental health “At a virtual promotional function, the former India captain said.
“It’s been very difficult in the last six-seven months, with so much cricket going on in the bio-bubble. It’s an entirely different life moving from the hotel room to the ground, dealing with the pressure, returning to the room, and then returning to the ground.”
Ganguly also used the example of the Australian cricket team, which canceled their tour of South Africa after losing to India.
In March-April, Australia was supposed to go on a three-Test tour, but they canceled it due to an “unacceptable level of health and safety danger to players, support staff, and the community.”
“Consider the Australian squad, which was expected to play a Test series in South Africa after India had played there. They were adamant about not going. And there’s still the COVID scare. ‘I’m hoping it’s not me next time.’ You must have a good attitude and mentally prepare yourself. We must all emotionally prepare ourselves in order for good to occur. It all comes down to preparation “According to Ganguly.
The former India captain also remembered his career’s greatest loss, when he was stripped of his captaincy in 2005 and finally dropped, only to come back with a bang.
“All you have to do now is deal with it. It’s all about the attitude you adopt. There are no guarantees in life, whether in sports, industry, or anything else. You have ups and downs in your life. Everything you have to do now is bite the bullet. Pressure is a major factor in everyone’s life. We are all exposed to varying degrees of stress.
“It’s the pressure of establishing yourself and proving to the world that you belong at this stage when you play your first Test.
“And once you reach that stage after a large number of matches, it’s all about maintaining your results. A little bit of blip and that doesn’t stop people from scrutinizing you and it contributes to athletes in a long way,” he said.