Out of form

Mindset is an amazing thing. With a good one, you conquer the world, when it’s not so good it can at times conquer you. In the world of a sportsman or sportswoman, a good mindset is one of the key components to doing well.

From your Cristiano Ronaldo’s of this world to your Rodger Federer or Ronnie O’Sullivan too, these three champion sportsmen rely on mindset. Observers will see with the examples of sports stars I have given, that these men have achieved it all in their respective sports.

Hard work and dedication out perform’s talent every day, but a good mindset is very much needed to have the dedication and the determination to perform. Even when these stars still have this, they still come across challenges.

Sports fans, I didn’t mention Lewis Hamilton or Lionel Messi, who both do come into the equation of champion sports stars for their achievements. We find it fascinating how these athletes keep going.

Well before this site was established, I. Ayyaz Malik have seen many sports stars perform well, but only for a certain period, and then their career tails off. This isn’t just football, other sports too.

Whether it be a team sport or one where it’s one v one like tennis or snooker for example, then one of the key components is mindset. What inspired me to write this piece was looking at the plight of Pakistani opener Abdullah Shafique.

Shafique, who has played 12 matches for the test team to date, started his career brilliantly. The Sialkot-born Shafique has three 50s and four centuries to date.

Abdullah Shafique in the last series against England and now New Zealand has arguably struggled. Such an assessment admittedly is very harsh, but such has been a brilliant start to his career, one can’t help but pass such judgement.

With all those sports athletes that I have mentioned, all have had to come through adversity. Naturally, the world and in this instance the sporting world will only be there for you through the good times.

Two fine examples of this are when the name Virat Kohli comes up in conversation and Cristiano Ronaldo. In the case of CR7, last season at 37 years of age, he was the top scorer for Manchester United.

Observers were using the ageing-like fine wine analogy. But fast forward one season, and he’s washed up. Something similar has been said about Virat Kohli too, the former Indian captain.

Whatever you thought of King Kohli, he was one, an excellent leader and two a brilliant player. Of course, India didn’t get to the final or win the T20 World Cup, but that was no fault of Kohli’s.

Humble pie needs to be eaten by yours truly. I doubted Viru and he’s scored runs and team India are in worse shape after he gave up the captaincy. Credit to the man for having the mental strength to bounce back.

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