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Coaching Corner: No Pressure. No, Really.

1 week ago By David Hinchliffe

the Head Coach on how to handle big match pressure.

Jon Fearn, burly batsman, is famous for saying "there's no such thing as pressure". We smile at his confidence.

But what if he is right?

Of course, we have all felt pressure. A big match with an important outcome happens a lot at West. The club are in five cup competitions and five league divisions! There's no doubt that nerves come along when it's time to step up. There's no doubt we have seen Baggy Roons and opposition alike crack under pressure and bowl awfully or play a stupid shot.

These are things that have happened.

But you know what also happens?

You can be incredibly nervous and get a hundred. You can be supremely confident and get a duck. You might feel terrible and bowl like a legend. Or you might feel terrible and also bowl terrible. That's cricket.

AB de Villiers was once so nervous in an ODI that he asked to be dropped down the order. When the captain refused he tripped on the stairs walking out to bat, such was his jelly legs.

He made it out eventually and went on to score one of the fastest ODI hundreds of all time.

One regular West of Scotland bowler is infamous in the club for taking a hat-trick with one reasonable ball, one full toss and a dodgy LBW decision. By his own admission he felt terrible before each ball. It didn't matter. The feeling wasn't real. The hat trick was.

There is no correlation between feeling pressure and actual performance.

Because that is all pressure is; a feeling. Feelings don't exist anywhere but in your mind. And they don't have an influence on your skill as a cricketer.

You can learn to reduce these feeling, but you don't even need to do that. You're much better off just trying to improve your skills. That's what makes the difference.

Just remember whenever you feel pressure that it's a feeling you have made up in your brain. Remember it's OK to be nervous because it doesn't make a difference to performance.

Remember, there is no such thing as pressure.

Updated 10:12 - 12 Feb 2018 by David Hinchliffe

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