The BCCI on Tuesday announced the signing of Paddy Upton as India’s mental health conditioning coach. It would be his 2nd term with the Indian team, while his first term was around 2008-2011.
Upton was a member of the 2011 World Cup winning squad. India head coach Rahul Dravid further worked with Upton at Rajasthan Royals and thus wanted his services ahead of the ICC T20 World Cup.
While Dravid hailed his services, former World Cup-winning player Sreesanth said that Upton’s signing hardly had an impact on the side’s journey to the title in 2011. He further said that the mental coach would be of no help.
Sreesanth said that during Upton’s first tenure with the team, it was Gary Kirsten who did most of the work.
Speaking with mid-day, he said, “Hardly one per cent of work was done by Upton. Gary Kirsten did 99 per cent of the work. He Upton was just an assistant to him. He is back because he worked with Rahul bhai earlier at RR. Rahul bhai will surely use him well because he is a good yoga teacher.”
Sreesanth further said that Upton cannot do wonders, and the credit should go to Rahul Dravid if India wins the 2022 T20 World Cup.
He concluded by saying, “Even when you play domestic cricket, you have to be mentally fit. So, the conditioning is happening already.”