NEW DELHI, June 21: Former India batsman Sandeep Patil on Sunday advised players to remain mentally strong and ensure an injury-free return to cricket when the game resumes amid the COVID-19 pandemic.
After a halt in the cricket calendar due to the coronavirus pandemic, the first international match begins next month between England and the West Indies in bio-secure venues. There is no cricket match lined up for the Indians immediately. �These are pretty uncertain times and the challenge to bounce back without any injuries will be a real task for any player. But they need to remember that all these challenges will first have to be dealt strongly in the mind,� Patil was quoted as saying by Star Sports.
�You need to begin slowly and ensure that you tune your focus firmly on making an injury-free comeback. Even during my tenure as coach of Kenya, I used to always focus on players being mentally strong before any tournament.�
The 63-year-old, who played 29 Tests between 1980 and 1984, cited the example of India�s 1983 World Cup final triumph against the mighty West Indies, saying the match proved how mental strength can win games. � PTI