India ODI captain Mithali Raj says the team is benefiting greatly from the presence of a sports psychologist during their ongoing tour of New Zealand and such professional help is the need of the hour in times of COVID.
Mughda Bavare is the sports psychologist traveling with the Indian team on a two-month tour of New Zealand comprising a bilateral series and the ODI World Cup.
Mithali had also previously spoken about the need for a psychologist to deal with the pressure of knockout games, but now that tours are played in bubbles, professional help is even more necessary.
“In today’s times, it’s even more important to have them with the team with the longest tour duration and quarantine and bubbles,” Mithali said on the eve of the opening T20 against New Zealand here.
“It’s an extended two-month tour with the ODI series and the World Cup. It helps to have individual sessions with (sports psychologist).
“You see things differently and it helps you understand yourself, to find your own ways of dealing with pressure and quarantine. Having someone is always helpful,” she added.
The team underwent a 10-day quarantine in Christchurch before traveling to Queenstown.
MIQ in New Zealand was much more comfortable than in Australia, where players had to live in tiny rooms for 14 days.
When asked how he manages in a quarantine, Mithali added: “I read books, I try to solve puzzles. Off the field, I try to divert my mind to other things.”