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West Indies Cricket

Who dare give that straightforward feedback of what might be happening in ‘our sport’? Before even going further a few moments to acknowledge all our regional athletes who have done us proud. However we know instinctively by its very title that cricket, ‘West Indian Cricket’ holds great meaning for the Caribbean. Yes, so who dare give that straightforward feedback? The avid cricket fan of course who has been following West Indian Cricket for eons now, who keeps with the game even with its highs and lows, close wins and misses. Who else? May be we reurn to that a bit later. But for now how about we go back to basics.

      Sport Meaning

After the recent 2019 two match win by the West Indies in their successful attempt at The Wisden Trophy, The Guardian noted, the English team feeling of being made to look like “Calypso Cricketers”  https://www.theguardian.com/sport/2019/feb/05/west-indies-england-calypso-cricketers-test?CMP=Share_iOSApp_Other&fbclid=IwAR3rqSsmpHYpHaUwqmSujw4gaq7j6ptOIEWA16txlTktfG3BZSTVINRl9H8 To any, most ‘Caribbean Calypso peoples’ surely we would wonder at what exactly that could mean. But we did not have to wonder for long as The Guardian guided the way to understanding this phrase. The explanation was given that;    

There was a lazy way of looking at West Indies cricket in those days, and ‘Calypso Cricket’ was a big part of it.” It took Lloyd, Viv Richards, Malcolm Marshall and the rest of that generation years to do it. “To show the world, that we were strong, intelligent professional people,” Lloyd writes, “to show the world that we were thinkers, that we had standards, that we could stay the distance, that in adversity we would not capitulate. That we could fight.”

Its clear from the explanation that generations ago the sport of circket in the region had a certain, almost tempted to say different, meaning for its players. Whatever the meaning it is often heard reflected in the comments of the stalwart cricket fans.

We did suggest going back to basics, and so we consider now the meaning of ‘sport’ literally. Sport is defined as active past-time. Generally when we refer to sport at this level its an active past-time that has established rules and guidelines and is played by those with a ceratin level of expertise. But alongside the first definition is also sport as a ‘fun loving person’ and sport as ‘light mockery’.

If we consider, Englands response to the two matches they lost in the Test match Series, would we in any way associate them with all three of the meanings or simply the first. Now let’s consider our cultural ethos, general approach to ‘our sport’ and surely few of us would debate that we easily satisfy all three with the latter, ‘light mockery’ sometimes coming from the transient, slow, irregular and at times in effective support given to or sportsmen.

      Rediscovering Meaning

Some have that love-‘whatever’ relationship with the game to safeguard from ongoing disappointment, so even with the high and hope of the Wisden Trophy win there is a tempered response. Some have simply turned to more ‘modern’ sports. And some again are in the trenches some players and the captain included, searching out that way forward. What a place to start put to agree on the meaning of the sport. Not wanting to be too morbid, about the current state of our sport in any way, but Psychaitrist Vicktor Fankl has highlighted in his book ‘Man’s Search for Meaning’ that, “when we are no longer able to change a situation, we are challenged to change ourselves.”. Undeniably, there are structural and systemic regional factors that do impede the highest performance. But evenso, there is something called ‘mental coaching’ and sporting psychology that can go a long way to begin to bridge the gap and move us that much nearer to achieving the consistency that we all so desire.

So, to the players out there individually and collectively maybe a moment to ask, what does ‘our sport’ mean to you? And how is this working for or against consistent performance?

Who else dare give some feedback? Just Ma. SOOS. Ma Soos is committed to exposing or is it exploring the psychology behind ‘Some of Our Sports’ (SOOS). Look out next week as we continue to consider how we are making a sport of our sport.    

So at the final of the CPL! what makes that difference…

does the best team always win… https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=237&v=5DGlNlQ_P3E 

“all-round performance outstanding means nothing in the finals…”

now, why would a renowned sportsman like Brian Charles Lara make such a comment…hmmm…

#sportpsychology …

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oi3dwpspZA8

so can Trinbago Knight Ridershttps://wired868.com/2018/09/16/cpl-18-trinis-to-throng-tarouba-to-see-triumphant-tkr-trounce-warriors/

The saying goes ‘once beaten twice shy’ But that is surely not a #carryon saying … for if we shy on the second surely we are almost guaranteed a second defeat…

and in this way St. Lucia Stars showed great #carryon as they met with Trinbago Knight Riders for yet another time…

they had it down to a science… again great #carryon … for we do our best when we do that SWOT analysis … considering Strengths Weaknesses Opportunities and Threats … as someone put it…

“At 130 for 2 in 15 overs, Tom Moody called out on the TV commentary that Stars should target 12 an over for the rest of the way to get to 190. For a team that has struggled to score runs and was bowled out for just 95 when these two sides met in the opening match of the season, the suggestion may have seemed optimistic. But by the end of the innings, hindsight showed Moody’s prediction was actually quite conservative.” https://www.espncricinfo.com/series/18816/report/1148655/st-lucia-stars-vs-trinbago-knight-riders-9th-match-caribbean-premier-league-2018

What now? What do we do when despite trying yet again… we get bettered on the field?…

It’s all about the attitude we continue to hold for each OV–ER…

For the St. Lucia Stars having faced defeat after defeat, now setting up things for a win, with a great #carryon show by their captain Pollard, what now?

Opportunities Vary– Enforce Resilience

As one cricket guru mentioned (thanks David) one over can make all the difference… as a Sports Talking Therapist dare say… each over makes a difference… here’s how?

Each over brings with it new opportunities… the bowler’s style, a possible catch out, an LBW, a great strike, lots of 4’s & 6’s, no balls, wides… and it goes on and on… and it is whether we can ‘weather’ each over managing our mind no matter what is happening and adapting quickly that we are able to either get the best result or reduce the undesired result…

Unfortunately for the St. Lucia Stars second time around it was about reducing the undesired result… https://wired868.com/2018/08/17/cpl-18-dm-bravo-smashes-94-from-36-balls-as-trinbago-knight-riders-stun-st-lucia-stars/  

Imagine going on and on, working hard, and simply not being able to as they say ‘catch a break’ … well, this is the story of the St. Lucia Stars… what then was their #carryon factor for them to now face Barbados Tridents again its the

OV-er…

Opportunities Vary (the St. Lucia Stars would have no doubt needed to view the upcoming match now as yet another opportunity for that 1st win)

enforce resilience (but let’s accept it though there is ‘RESILIENCE’ and there is ‘ReSiLiEnCe’ and there is ‘resilience’) but in the grander scheme of things, especially when the going gets tough…it doesn’t matter…bottom line is we found that will to #carryon

So in comes the Barbados Tridents!

and sure enough as with all of us as the game goes on in cricket and in life in general, we always come to the field with our own ‘backstory’ https://www.cricbuzz.com/cricket-news/100671/barbados-tridents-players-paid-dues-ahead-of-cpl-2018-draftsthat can either help out our #carryon or challenge it

For Barbados Tridents it was no matter of ‘once beaten twice shy’ as they were coming on the field with the confidence booster of a win over Guyana Amazon Warriors http://www.skysports.com/live-scores/cricket/guyana-amazon-warriors-v-barbados-tridents/22316/11471451/article

But this time it was St. Lucia Stars who bettered the Barbados Tridents… ‘try’

after all the St. Lucia Stars had been trying and trying and trying and trying… surely all of that would keep enforcing resilience… as ironic as it is #carryon works like that too…the more we exercise it the stronger it gets…and so ‘The Big Man’ and his teammates brought it home that first win http://www.skysports.com/live-scores/cricket/st-lucia-stars-v-barbados-tridents/22313/11475431/article

Heard the saying “if at first, you don’t succeed” well according to the St. Lucia Stars its really ‘if at fourth you don’t succeed’ and that right there is true #carryon … and its because they know

Opportunities Vary…Enforce Resilience!

And the CPL T20 Series is off… http://www.looptt.com/content/cpl-gets-underway-tkr-vs-st-lucia-stars

What could we glean from Game 1…

Here we have Trinidad Knight RIders (TKR) coming out on top…https://newsday.co.tt/2018/08/09/tkr-beats-st-lucia-stars-in-cpl-opening-match/

What could we notice about this team that might have made a difference…

this team understood and practiced the concept “the chain being as strong as its weakest link” and so each one who stepped onto that field brought their A game to give the collective effort victory…

What might have happened though with the St Lucia Stars? These stars surely did not shine in this match…

kudos to captain Keiron Pollard who noted that ‘TKR’ simply got the better of them…

was it because as …

TKR captain Dwayne Bravo highlighted, TKR has quite a few allrounders?

or was it that St Lucia Stars having brought on ‘the big man’ as captain went forward on the field with a sort of false bravado … or could it have been that given the team’s past performances the burden to deliver was too great and the team psyched out…

Or was it simply that TKR really got a boost from playing a home match?

Now as a Sports Talking Therapist, some #carry on tips might be worth noting;

  • we all improve performance when we seek out others who work with us for that desired end result
  • no matter how skilled or what our strengths, at some point our #carryon would require skills and strengths that lie outside of us
  • #carryon suffers whenever there is complacency
  • pressure to perform can decrease capacity to perform
  • #carryon benefits when we make good use of all opportunities

Well for TKR a new match is brewing… and the St. Lucia Stars would have  another opportunity to shine

 

America’s Got Talent!…its huge! why? because of the fact that talent matters. but now we know these shows are International… why? because people got talent hidden … just waiting for the opportunity to come out

And the Caribbean got T20Cricket…, sometimes written Twenty-20, and often abbreviated to T20, is a short form of cricket. In a Twenty20 game, the two teams have a single innings each, which is restricted to a maximum of 20 overs. So T20 sort of reflects America’s got talent where batsmen, bowlers, those fielding can display their skills. It’s a time-bound…

#resilience loves knowing the timing when that ‘bell’ would go…its easy then to hold out just a little bit longer

#resilience favours time-bound situations because then our weaknesses can remain covered up a little longer and we do not have to ‘control’ for them…

so many have asked… how is it we can clearly notice the talent at T20 and yet have the West Indies drop in its Test Cricket ratings… well as a Sports Talking Therapist would share but only after allowing one who has ‘been there done that’ to have a say…https://wired868.com/2018/08/05/cover-drive-video-brian-lara-talks-cpl-test-v-t20-and-west-indies-missing-ingredient/

Okay…Test Cricket…is much more reflective of the uncharted territories of that ‘open book test’ called life… it is ongoing with the opportunity for life to challenge us on our weak points…to bowl us some ‘odd’ balls, to get run out, to want to stop but yet needing to find the will to carry on in spite of, to be on the losing end of the game and search within for the resolve, to be winning the game and needing to remain focused to really reach the goal, https://sports.ndtv.com/cricket/2nd-test-day-2-jason-holder-shines-as-west-indies-dominate-bangladesh-1883071to have to deal with cross-cultural issues, and it goes on and on and on..more than ’20-0vers’…

So what is required? 

Mastering our mind gym before taking that field and putting all our work from that mind gym into use…

Our Mind Gym

we need to work out doubts but not simply by positive self-talk but by practical preparation…and during this time, preparation includes becoming very familiar with what we would confront…http://zeenews.india.com/cricket/1st-test-west-indies-hope-to-end-22-win-less-years-in-new-zealand-2061321.html

we need to take stock of the fact that anything can happen on the field, or the day before, or the moment before, and so our stress management, relaxation strategies need to be in tune

we need to do ‘jumping jacks’ and figure out those triggers that might cause us to suddenly become anxious, ‘is it a comment’ from the fans/critics, is it something, in particular, that might be said and have a contingency plan to keep the focus

Practical Application

It is one thing to train and another to put training to use…

we can begin to put that training to use by visualizing plays, visualizing performing at different skills

we then need that key factor called adapt adapt…good teams are able to take all learned, all preparations, observe then what is happening and adapt for the benefit of the desired outcome…suppose the player there was an intention to depend on is having an ‘off’ day..what then..is all lost…suppose the winning streak was on and the match had to be disrupted…is that it there for the game? 

Life is a test…and working out at our mind gym is not optional its a must no matter how many strengths we have going for us…   

 

 

Our sporting arena appreciates the grand achievements of Sir Garfield Sobers… 

What we might have missed…is how we could appreciate such an odd ball? Yep@ the comment…Garfield Sobers was born with an extra finger on both hands… now how often does that happen? odd isn;t it…

What if then? he was told of this and decided…oh “I am different” “I’m not like every other boy, I’m odd” what if he allowed this to tear up his feelings of esteem… would he have become the knighted Sir Garfield Sobers, the cricket great? 

What odd ball thinking might we be walking around with?

Then coming behind him, we have little Brian… how many of us express that little awe or pause when we discover.. “oh, he’s left-handed!” why again because..while it happens, its not the norm, in other words an ‘odd ball’… 

what if, Brian Lara with that desire to play sports kept telling himself, ‘oh I’m left-handed, this is for the usual people, the right-handed persons’ and he walked around thinking life maybe just decided he could not do what he loved…

How often or do we sometimes walk around with our differences, our little ‘odd balls’ burdening us…

Then here we had our first ‘odd ball’ Sobers making a Cricket Test match record and then 36 years later, our second ‘odd ball’ coming along and besting the record…

Surely ODD is nothing more than..

Our Decided Differences….

and what we decide of our differences…

determine our destiny (odd) (same letters o d d, just in a different order)

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