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Ever since new couch Greg Chappell took over he has used Vedic formula of motivating everyone, writes Dr KK Aggarwal.

india Updated: Dec 27, 2005 18:24 IST

There was a time when Indian cricket team was divided. To unite them the couch John Wright started the concept of Mexican Hug on the grounds. Every time an opposite team player got out all Indian player got together in the shape of a Mexican Hug. In Vedic description these type of hugs brings harmony and a feeling of togetherness.

Reiki is a form of alternative therapy, which uses the Vedic principle that energy is transferable from one person to another provided the mind and the body is in symphony with each other.

There is a defined role of teaching yoga and meditation to players. Meditating 20 minutes in the morning and evening increases the person's ability to withstand stress. Cricket is a game where even stress for a fraction of a second can make all the difference between a four or a clean bold.

Ever since new couch Greg Chappell took over he has used another Vedic formula "the principle of motivating everyone". While John Wright was consistent in his motivation to the final 11 of the team, Greg Chappell changed it to include all 14 members. No one knows which final 11 will be chosen out of 14. Top players are rested even if they are performing well. Though Rahul Dravid was the captain he was given rest in one of the recent match.

This type of motivation creates a better team as one is working with a team of 14 and not 11. Everybody will have to be ready at all times to perform. The blood levels of serotonin in every player will be the same whether they are in the final 11 or 14.

Most players are not consistent in their performance in consecutive matches. Even Sachin Tendulkar has not made big scores in consecutive matches. It is because of inborn human weakness to go into sub-clinical euphoria after scoring a big score in a match.

After performing having a break in the very next match is also a strategy used by many people. This is what Greg Chappell did when in the first match he had Irfan Pathan play at no. 3 position and in the very next match his position was given to somebody else. His strategy of making a player ready to play at any position is also based on the same principle.

A consistent high level of serotonin makes a person perform better, take better decisions, with more accuracy and perfection. Serotonin is also the reason for better performance of cricketers in front of cheering crowd especially in the home country and the hometown.

The more a player is cheered up more will be the serotonin response ending up with better performance. Salim Durrani was a great example of this who during his peak time used to produce sixes on demand.

(The writer is Senior Consultant, Moolchand Medcity; President, Heart Care Foundation of India; President, Delhi Medical Association; Member, Delhi Medical Council.)

First Published: Dec 27, 2005 00:00 IST