26 November, 2020

Scarred, But Not Out

The man with the most difficult job takes time out to give unique perspective on the road ahead. He will cover the World Cup exclusively for Outlook.

Pradeep Mandhani
Scarred, But Not Out
It's warm out here in South Africa, somewhat like the Indian summer. We are here two weeks before our first World Cup match. The idea is to get used to the country and prepare ourselves for the task ahead. The 12 days we will spend in Durban, I believe, will be the key. The target we have is to first reach the Super Six—and then go ahead from there.

We are going to perform without any pressure of expectations. I believe we have the potential to be the best in the world and we have to realise our true potential in this World Cup. After New Zealand, all of us in the team were given fitness charts. These charts listed out about two hours of daily excercises. Apart from the physical aspect, we are also taking help from a psychologist here, Sandy Gordon. We had first met during the NatWest series. It was a brief meeting then. But in South Africa he will be more involved. It will be interesting to see how he goes about his job. After the New Zealand tour, obviously spirits were low but we have learnt to put such things behind us.

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