Former India captain and champion batsman Rahul Dravid believes that maintaining mental health is a big challenge in a tough game like cricket and players must balance to cope with the stress of busy schedule and uncertain future. In a conversation with ESPN Cricinfo, Dravid said that it is difficult to stay away from cricket.
Dravid said, ‘This is a big challenge. Cricket is a difficult game. There is so much competition and pressure and boys play all year round. Sometimes in this game you have to wait and have a lot of time to think. ”Three Australian cricketers including Glenn Maxwell and young Will Pukowski have taken a break from the game citing mental health.
Dravid, director of the National Cricket Academy, said that players should take care of their health amidst stiff competition. He said, ‘You have to take care of your health inside and outside the field. It is important to maintain balance. Don’t be too thrilled when you get success and don’t be disappointed even if you fail. ‘
Dravid said that he wants to make such arrangement in NCA that the player can get professional help if needed. He said, ‘Now work is going on and there will come a time when every player can get professional help if needed. Coach or we cannot overcome many issues. In this case, the help of professionals is necessary.
Regarding the Under-19 World Cup to be held in January-February, he said that the path does not end for those who are not selected in the team. Similarly, those who get a place in the team should not assume that their selection in the senior team is fixed.
Praising the Indian fast bowlers, he said, “Ishant, Shami, Umesh, Bhubaneswar and Bumrah are becoming role models for the youth. Even in the past, there have been bowlers like Kapil, Srinath and Zaheer, but as a unit, this is India’s best fast attack.