CAB conducts first online interactive session with senior cricketers   

Bengal Team. ©Jhulan Goswami

The Bengal senior team had their taste of the online sessions for the first time when they engaged themselves in an interactive meeting with former India wicket-keeper batter Deep Dasgupta on Wednesday (May 6). The virtual meeting between Dasgupta and the team was a part of the Cricket Association of Bengal’s (CAB) initiative to engage with the players during the coronavirus-forced national lockdown.

The session was all about keeping the players in the best possible mindset and shape during this tough situation when all the sporting activities across the globe have been stopped. Some of the issues focused on during the session were how to handle pressure in a game situation, accelerate an innings, and keep a positive mindset at all times. Also present during the session were Bengal head coach Shib Shankar Paul and batting coach Charanjit Singh.

“The most important thing is that everyone was in a positive mood. Right now at this difficult time, the mindset is more important as techniques and game time is available,” the cricketer-turned-commentator Dasgupta said.

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“How they can use these days to become better, how can you do something constructive every day was discussed. We want them to spend these days to better themselves,” he added.

CAB president Avishek Dalmiya said, “The women’s team has been performing consistently over the last two seasons and it is our responsibility to give them the best. The online class with Deep Dasgupta is part of the initiative where the girls can share their doubts and also get corrective suggestions from him.”

“We are explaining the mantra to the players which is hard work and keeping a positive mind. We are involving experienced players in these sessions to motivate them as stalwarts motivated us in the past,” said Paul after the session.