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Form in cricket, or in any sport for that matter, is a funny thing. The commentators, coaches talk about it all the time. Even the players themselves talk about it sometimes. But if you pause anyone to ask for its definition or the relevance of it, there is very little chance you get convincing answers.
If form for a batsman, is a run scoring spree, then what explanation can one give when he gets out for a duck? They might say that’s just one bad day. Well, then what is form, actually? Let us consider this, form as a state of mind. Being confident in one’s ability to deliver when it is required. Players in good form are confident of their ability to deliver and win matches for their teams. Teams in good form have players who are confident of themselves and their team mates to win from any situation. It’s all about just believing that you can win. And when that belief translates into results, people say you are in form.
If you are out of form and you want to come back to form, what should be done? Sure, technical aspects of the game and physical fitness are required. But above and beyond that, you must believe that you can deliver.
Do you remember the good old saying about confidence, “Fake it until you make it”? Well, its so true in every aspect of life including sports.