Mental toughness for batting can be viewed as a configuration of internal thoughts displayed in the external persona with each aspect feeding off each other.
Behaviours can be activated wthin a training environment, honed amongst those familiar. Consideration given to what feels best, builds the pure focus and then become part of the game day preparation.
Key points for thought applicable to batting preparation when in the contest.
1. Eye control
Focus on nearby objects, don’t let your eyes wander around as you prepare for each delivery
2. Positive body language
Emphasise your power to your opponents
3. Physical rituals
Such as doing set and precise little routines before facing each ball
4. Mental rituals
Thinking about the same thing before facing each ball
5. Controlling the pace of the game
Getting the bowler to take their time before each delivery, not rushing you
6. Bat up
Carrying the bat like a sword, instead of dragging it behind you
7. Controlled breathing when hitting the ball
8. Relaxed intensity
Getting the balance between relaxation and intensity right
The best in the world at the moment are distinguishable from these traits and behaviors to command and drive the innings.
Warner – exuberant, enthusiastic & willing to engage
Amla – steadfast, silent & focused
Khan – composed, precise & perfect defence
de Villiers – energetic, positive & uplifting