I read “A Century Is Not Enough” – autobiography of Sourav Ganguly. Most of the research/books around human behavior or management never misses to give reference to sportsperson or a team. It is always fascinating to see those references as we can connect with them easily and they have stories.
It was a fascinating book and can be quick read. For 90’s kids it would take them down in our memory with each match linked to some classes in school and watching them in mid of examinations. Sachin and Sourav were great memories from our childhood days, aren’t they?
A Century Is Not Enough – Sourav Ganguly
I am not a book critic and these are just excerpts that I found very interesting:
– The cycle of hope and despait can crush you. It will destroy your confidence temporarily. But you have to look at it positively. Look at it as your integral part of journey to excellence. Trust me, not many people even get an opportunity to be part of this cycle. It is not a bad position to be in.
– Every night before I went to sleep I would sit in the hotel room and go over my performance. I calculated how it would score the next day. I visualized that I would hit the fastest bowlers in front of wicket, through cover region and it happened exactly as i has imagined – Desmond Haynes sharing his practice to Dada.
– You can spend hours and hours perfecting your technique at the nets but no doors will open for you until you have sorted the issues in your head and can deal with pressure. Don’t run away from tough spot!
One of the vital aspects and his tips to the next generation is – visualization. Visualize on how you are going to perform in your mind before you hit the ground and you will be able to do exactly as per your imagination. The mind game helps to manage crisis and challenges and the solitude time that he takes before matches has impacted him in a bigger way.
I was able to correllate a similar reference to visualization in the book “Outliers’ from Malcolm Gladwell. While talking about Michael Phelps, Malcolm Gladwell glorfies one stroke that makes him the master of swimming – Mental Visualization. This is what his coach got to say (https://www.forbes.com/sites/carminegallo/2016/05/24/3-daily-habits-of-peak-performers-according-to-michael-phelps-coach/#ed71666102cc):
For months before a race Michael gets into a relaxed state. He mentally rehearses for two hours a day in the pool. He sees himself winning. He smells the air, tastes the water, hears the sounds, sees the clock.” Phelps take visualization one step further. He sees himself from the outside, as a spectator in the stands. He sees himself overcoming obstacles, too. For example, what would he do if he fell further behind in a race than he intended? Phelps practices all potential scenarios.
According to Bowman mental rehearsal is a proven, well-established technique to achieve peak performance in nearly every endeavor.
“ The brain cannot distinguish between something that’s vividly imagined and something that’s real”
To wrap up, this is a very interesting read for cricket enthusiasts, aspiring players and for those striving to build habits.