Before the T20 World Cup, Dravid loves in Upton as India’s coach for mental conditioning

New Delhi: Renowned mental conditioning coach Paddy Upton, who was part of the support squad for India’s 2011 World Cup winning squad, is back to join the national squad in the run-up to the T20 World Cup in Australia.

Upton has been hired on a short-term contract and will be the latest addition to coach Rahul Dravid’s support team.

“Yes, Paddy will be joining the ODI squad from Wednesday’s third game against the West Indies and will run until the end of the T20 World Cup in Australia. It is a short-term arrangement for four months,” a senior BCCI official told PTI on the condition of anonymity.

Upton was coached by former India national team Gary Kirsten, when he took charge of the senior national team in 2008 and they established a successful partnership until 2011.

Since then, Upton has been associated with several IPL teams and worked with Dravid at the Rajasthan Royals.

It is only understandable that Dravid approached Upton for being familiar with his style of work which has been doing wonders with the Indian team in the past decade.

Upton, during the last IPL, was the “team catalyst” for the Rajasthan Royals.

With a busy itinerary with India entering the T20 World Cup starting with the Pakistan match in Melbourne on October 23, Dravid may have understood the need for a man known to be a catalyst and also help players overcome the rigors of international cricket.

India’s ICC silver titles have been reclaimed since the 2013 Champions Cup, and the British Chamber of Commerce and Industry is leaving no stone unturned to ensure the “Men in Blue” win the global encounter.

During the last release BCCI had MS Dhoni as the ‘guide’ for the event but with a tired team and old-fashioned approach to the T20s, this move didn’t produce the desired result.

He could prove to be a game changer for Kohli
Some of the players Upton has worked with during his stint with Team India (between 2008-2011) are Virat Kohli, current captain Rohit Sharma, and top spinners Ravichandran Ashwin and Ravindra Jadega. Yozvendra Chahal and Pracid Krishna worked with Upton at Rajasthan Royals.

Understandably, Upton could have some sessions with the team’s top hitter Kohli, whose long sprint bats dropped calls from the shortest formula.

“It’s great to have someone like Paddy join the Indian team again. If you look at Virat’s beating, he doesn’t always look at his level and he might have it all on his mind. Who better than Paddy to clear the cobwebs, said a former Indian player who worked with Upton.

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