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Experience is a double-edged sword

As players get older, they understand the game more but they also know more about what can go wrong, Greg Chappell explains in the Hindu

Dustin Silgardo
25-Feb-2013
As players get older, they understand the game more but they also know more about what can go wrong, Greg Chappell explains in the Hindu. He writes about how he he spoke to Sachin Tendulkar during his time as India coach about trying to think like a young player, who is only enthusiastic about scoring runs and is not worried about making a mistake.
As a young player all that matters is cricket and batting. One hundred per cent of one's mental capacity is devoted to training and playing. Doubts are pushed to the back of one's mind by the excitement and expectation of a big score. As one gets older other things start to impinge on that mental space. The doubts find a way to slip to the front of the mind; being careful takes over from looking out for scoring opportunities.

Dustin Silgardo is a former sub-editor at ESPNcricinfo