Most of my teenage years were dominated by cricket. I was not brilliant at it, but for a while I was pretty good. More importantly, I was a rarity – a leg-spinner. With Shane Warne repopularising the art during that era, the timing couldn’t have been better, as selectors of representative sides cast around for knockdown versions.
At 15, I was regularly playing three or more games a week, as well as going to regular net sessions. I don’t think I ever really thought I could make a career out of it, but I loved being on a cricket field.
Yet cricket is a peculiarly stressful sport, being essentially a series of individual contests within a team setting. When form deserts you, it is plain for all to see. No wonder so many professionals suffer from crippling anxiety.
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