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“Basically, the coaches tend to double up as mental conditioning coaches primarily for the reason that they spend a lot of time with the players and number two is the trust that a player enjoys with a particular coach,” Bangar told Star Sports’ Cricket Connected. Also Read - IPL Must go on; MS Dhoni One of The Finest Minds: BCCI Treasurer Anirudh Chaudhry
He continued, “So, it’s very important for a coach and player to form that sort of a relationship wherein the player can confide his insecurities with the coach and be rest assured that whatever has been conveyed to the coach or the inner most feelings of a player does not really go outside the two of them.”
Establishing trust between the two parties, Bangar says, is the key. “I think trust is a major factor, it could be a mental conditioning coach, or it could be skill coach, in today’s time the skill coaches tend to double up as the mental conditioning coaches,’ he said.
Dhoni had recently touched upon the delicate issue of mental health saying it’s still not discussed openly.
“In India, I feel there is still a big issue of accepting that there is some weakness when it comes to the mental aspects, but we generally term it as mental illness,” Dhoni had said.
“Nobody really says that, when I go to bat, the first 5 to 10 deliveries my heart rate is elevated, I feel the pressure, I feel a bit scared because that’s how everybody feels — how to cope with that?
“This is a small problem but a lot of times we hesitate to say it to a coach and that’s why the relationship between a player and coach is very important be it any sport.”