Last Updated on Wednesday 15 November 2023 by Chetansingh Chauhan
ICC Mens’ Cricket World Cup 2023
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In the realm of Indian cricket emotions, Paddy Upton, the acclaimed mental conditioning coach, opens up about the intense journey leading to the 2019 IND vs NZ semifinal rematch. While India has soared in bilateral series and the Asia Cup, the elusive ICC title has cast a shadow for the past decade.
Upton, who shared a profound connection with Indian cricket, traces back to the historic 2011 World Cup triumph under Dhoni’s leadership. Despite a less fulfilling T20 World Cup in 2022, where India bowed out in the semis, Upton played a pivotal role in helping Virat Kohli find much-needed perspective in challenging times.
As the cricketing world braces for another World Cup semifinal showdown at Wankhede Stadium, Upton believes the ghosts of the 2019 loss won’t haunt the players this time. “I think the ghosts of 2019 haunt fans more than players,” Upton emotionally shared with Sportstar.
With a different coach and some new faces, Upton sees a more experienced Indian team, ready to face the challenge. However, he acknowledges the weight of being favorites, allowing New Zealand to play with a liberating freedom.
India’s unbeaten streak in the tournament has captivated hearts, and Upton expects Rohit Sharma’s men to carry a similar approach into the knockout stage. “Stick to the basics, prepare well, play to strengths — no fancy business,” Upton passionately advised.
While India’s dominance in bilateral contests and the Asia Cup has been consistent, the coveted ICC title has remained elusive. Upton draws parallels between champion teams, emphasizing the importance of reviewing, learning, and moving forward.
Upton, having worked closely with cricket stalwarts like Rahul Dravid, Rohit Sharma, and Virat Kohli, applauds the team’s meticulous preparation and exceptional skill. His surprise at the team’s confidence and composure is evident as he reflects on the leadership qualities of the coach and captain.
In a recent emotional revelation, Kohli credited Upton for helping him achieve a strong mental state. Upton, staying true to confidentiality, maintains his ongoing conversations with Kohli. “I’ve had extensive conversations with Virat, and I continue to remain in contact with him. The content of our conversations is confidential,” Upton emotionally shared.
As the cricketing saga unfolds, Paddy Upton’s emotional journey with Indian cricket and his unwavering optimism for World Cup glory resonate, echoing the heartbeat of every Indian cricket fan.