If there’s someone Indian cricket fans can go on listening to forever, it is Rahul Dravid.
Especially if that last bit is about mental health, which is a big concern for everyone involved in this rat race; the ever-so-competitive world we live in.
Upon being asked about advising the players on this issue, he started by addressing the challenge and said:
It is a big challenge. This is a tough game. There is so much competition, a lot of pressure, and kids are playing all year round now. So, you really need to look after yourself on and off the field, and look after stuff like mental health.
Beginning with how one has to be strong in the head, Dravid echoed how too much competition can be a reason for people to have mental issues early on in their careers.
It’s really important to maintain a certain level of balance in everything you do. Be able to find that balance between not getting too excited when you succeed and not getting too disappointed when you fail. I just think being able to lead a slightly balanced life potentially helps.
Since Dravid took over the NCA, India’s young brigade barely showed signs of breaking down and were very much in shape.
We are also putting a few things in place at the NCA wherein we want to be able to give people an opportunity to talk about these things and address some of these things, and have people that they can speak to.
Lastly, Dravid believed it wasn’t in their hands to solve such issues as they don’t have the right understanding to some of these problems.
Some things we might be able to, but there may be some things where we might need to look at professional help. It’s one of the things we are definitely keen on doing at the NCA: giving some of these boys access to some level of professional help if they do require it.
You can read the complete interview, here.