Indian players are suffering from ''mental fatigue'': Upton

Published: Friday, August 5, 2011, 14:15 [IST]
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'Indian team suffering mental fatigue'

Northampton, Aug 5: If a team indulges in playing relentlessly, th players start suffering from "mental fatigue" and that's exactly what has happened with the Indian players, feels former mental conditioning coach Paddy Upton.

Upton said if a player is on the conveyor belt all the time, it create situations like those experienced by the Indian cricketers during the World Cup, where they fought hard to keep their food down, while Yuvraj Singh became physically sick due to anxiety.

"The current schedules ask players to be machines. We can guess the physical impact on players but what is very little understood is the mental fatigue the players experience when crossing the ropes in every single game where there is that much amount of pressure," Upton told ESPNcricinfo from South Africa.

The Indian players will go straight into a ODI series against England at home after the current tour. It will be followed by full fledged series against West Indies at home and then head Down Under for a tough battle against Australia.

Some of the players like M S Dhoni, Sachin Tendulkar, Zaheer Khan, Suresh Raina, VIrat KOhli will also have Champions League assignment.

Upton didn't mince words stating that World Cup had taken its toll on players.

"That World Cup was a monumental process, both preparing for the tournament and enduring it for seven weeks. It was a very, very long tournament. The physical drain on the players, I don't think even the players realise the extent to which they were absolutely stuffed."

"I spoke to Yuvraj Singh who said he was sick for nearly two weeks after the World Cup and I know there were a lot of players who were mentally down after the World Cup," he said.


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