Left-handed opener Gautam Gambhir was emotionally the most self-doubting, downbeat and gloomy however that did not prevent him from turning out to be one of the most fortunate batters of his time.
Yes this has been disclosed by ex mental conditioning coach Paddy Upton in his novel book.
The former India opener, who is a currently a political leader, stated that he is sure that there is no wicked intent in Upton’s observations as he is a great guy and anyhow his anxieties are well recognized.
“I wanted myself and Indian team to be the best in the world. That’s why I was not satisfied even after scoring 100 as it has been mentioned in Paddy’s book. I see nothing wrong there. As a driven individual I have tried to raise the bar for myself alone,” Gambhir answered.
In his book ‘The Barefoot Coach’, he talked about the psychological robustness of best players and how they respond to state of affairs.
“I did some of my best and least effective mental conditioning work with Gautam Gambhir, the International Test Cricketer of the Year’ in 2009. I worked with him up until that time but I had little to do with him being named world’s best cricketer,” he penned in his book.
Upton remembered how Gambhir would be in “pain” even after hitting a hundred and emphasizing more on the blunders he made.
Moreover, Upton wrote that no matter what he and then coach Gary Kirsten did Gambhir was “negative and pessimistic.”
“Using popular notion of mental toughness, he was one of the weakest and mentally most insecure people I have worked with,” Upton wrote.
“But at the same time, he was undoubtedly one of the best and most determined and successful Test batsmen in the world. Something he would prove yet again in 2011 World Cup final.”
As per coach, ex skipper MS Dhoni has “unbelievable emotional control”.
“I would go as far as to say, with greatest respect for MS the man and the Cricketer, that it is not emotional control but the lack of access to emotions. MS is not wired as an emotional type. It’s almost as if he doesn’t have them; a performance enhancing gift from birth,” Upton wrote.