What we talk about when we talk about pressure

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What we talk about when we talk about pressure

In episode 156 of the 81allout podcast we are joined by former India Test cricketer and Ranji Trophy colossus Abhinav Mukund – who has now turned into an astute analyst on TV. Abhinav is piqued by Kartikeya Date’s latest article in ESPNcricinfo (Do India choke in high-profile ODIs) and shares his perspective on how a player approaches (and talks about pressure), and weighs in on the question: is pressure a good parameter to explain the result of a match?

Talking Points:

  • The times when a player feels he is in the ‘middle of a volcano’
  • How players talk about the game and their part in it
  • What players mean when they talk about ‘pressure’
  • Does pressure affect performance in a sustained manner?
  • Talking about skill v talking about mental faculties
  • Is it fair for strangers to make assumptions about players’ mental abilities?
  • The problem with attributing the result to mental strength/weaknesses
  • What a player means when he says he is in the zone
  • Luck v skill: the importance of finding a way to describe the distinction
  • What happened to South Africa in the 2015 World Cup semi-final?
  • The value of finding a mindspace when ‘nothing matters’


Abhinav Mukund (@mukundabhinav)

Siddhartha Vaidyanathan (@sidvee)

Kartikeya Date (@cricketingview)


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