Indo-Asian News Service New DelhiMay 1, 2019UPDATED: May 1, 2019 14:02 IST Gambhir said that Upton could have highlighted other facets to the batsman (IANS Photo)HIGHLIGHTSIn his book ‘The Barefoot Coach’, Paddy Upton has written at length about mental conditioning of sportsmenAccording to Upton, Gautam Gambhir was riddled with insecurities, doubts and vulnerabilitiesGambhir in reply said that Upton could have highlighted other facets to the batsmanIn his just-released book ‘The Barefoot Coach’, Rajasthan Royals head coach Paddy Upton has written at length about mental conditioning of sportsmen and also pointed at how former India opener Gautam Gambhir was riddled with insecurities, doubts and vulnerabilities. He went on to add that the former Kolkata Knight Riders skipper was one of the most negative people he has worked with.Speaking to IANS on the way his image has been portrayed in the book, Gambhir said that while he has enjoyed every session he had with the former India mental conditioning coach, Upton could have highlighted other facets to the batsman rather than just pointing at his desire to raise the performance bar.”I don’t see anything sinister with what Paddy wrote. He is a top guy and I see this as his personal opinion. He just missed two important things: firstly, he didn’t state all the other facts and secondly, he failed to explain the perspective. Anyone would like to have a guy who is not satisfied with his current achievements. So in short, I wasn’t satisfied with a 100 and wanted to have more,” he said.Asked if Upton should have also highlighted the numerous achievements of Gambhir, including his match-winning knocks in the finals of the 2007 World T20 as well as the 2011 World Cup, Gambhir said: “Well, if Paddy chose to ignore my services for the country, I can’t comment on that. This is a question for him and not me. But I am not hurt, the facts are there for everyone to see and judge.”advertisementGambhir went on to further explain that as a sportsman, it is important that one strives to succeed and reach greater heights with every performance.”That is what a performing art like sport is all about. You want to strive for higher achievements. I think the late Sir Don Bradman would have liked to finish with an average of 100 plus, Sachin Tendulkar would have liked to win at least one more World Cup, etc. I am certain my dear friend Paddy won’t have termed these desires as “negative” or “weak”. To aspire to excel is the very basis of playing the sport for me and thank Heavens it never changed for me,” he explained.In his book, Upton wrote: “I did some of my best and least effective mental conditioning work with Gambhir, the International Test Cricketer of the Year in 2009. I worked with him up until that time, but I had little to do with him being named the world’s best cricketer.”Often, when I got onto the Indian team bus, Gautam would invite me to sit next to him. What followed was predictable: ‘Paddy, man, I know I just scored 100, but I should have got 200. I mishit too many balls, I struggled in the beginning, I hit the fielder too many times … It just wasn’t good enough. I need to sort things out.’ He would be in mental agony about losing his wicket and about needing to fix things. He was so riddled with insecurities, doubts and vulnerabilities. He was one of the most negative people I have ever worked with.”Also Read | Have only 1 voter ID, not two: Gautam Gambhir after AAP allegationsAlso Read | Why focus only on Rishabh Pant? I feel bad for Ambati Rayudu: Gautam GambhirFor sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byAjay Tiwari I’m not hurt: Gautam Gambhir responds to Paddy Upton’s ‘most negative’ commentGautam Gambhir went on to further explain that as a sportsman, it is important that one strives to succeed and reach greater heights with every performanceadvertisement
Kevin Grant was a long-time 4-H member and public servant who supported the Nova Scotia program. His legacy lives on through a fund that provides an endowment to the Nova Scotia 4-H Foundation to help with rural youth development. The foundation developed the tour in his honour. Ten 4-H members will network with other 4-H members and visit several farms and businesses in the Annapolis Valley during the sixth annual Kevin Grant Rural Youth Leadership Tour from March 10-12. Each year the provincial program is held during March Break in a different area in Nova Scotia. “4-H is known for giving young people excellent programs that cultivate leadership skills,” said Agriculture Minister Keith Colwell. “This program helps young Nova Scotians plan for future careers and appreciate the diverse, resource-based businesses in our communities.” The three-day tour will allow the 4-H members to meet community leaders during business, agriculture and industry tours. The visit will give them a broader perspective on career opportunities and help them make confident decisions about where they will choose to live and work. The members, age 14 to 17, are selected through applications and interviews. This year’s participants are: Callie Mac Donald, Grand Mira, Cape Breton Co. Nicole Martin, Canning, Kings Co. Katie Stokes, Berwick, Kings Co. Maria Penman, Pine Grove, Colchester Co. Teresa Verstraten, Amherst, Cumberland Co. Shanay Bent, Bloomfield, Digby Co. Ian Oliver, Annapolis Royal, Annapolis Co. Seth Freeman, Italy Cross, Lunenburg Co. Benn Himmelman, Shelburne, Shelburne Co. Emma Dwyer, Pictou, Pictou Co.
Updated 11.21pmNEWLY-ORDAINED FIANNA Fáil TD Colm Keaveney has been described as “a serious politician” by his new party leader Micheál Martin today.The Galway East deputy was formally accepted into Fianna Fáil parliamentary party after a unanimous vote this afternoon and will take responsibility for issues related to special needs and mental health.Keaveney said “it’s a great honour” to be a member of Fianna Fáil and said he was “encouraged by the determination and enthusiasm for the party”.“Fianna Fáil is a party that has learned from the mistakes of the past,” he insisted on the plinth at Leinster House and said he believes his “value system will be welcome” in the party.“I was lonely in independence, I don’t believe independence works in politics,” he said.Martin confirmed that it was Keaveney who approached him about joining the party and said that the former Labour chairman will be charged with “producing a blueprint for the whole special needs area”.Keaveney and Martin respond to Labour’s “desperate” claim: Keaveney said: “It’s very clear to me that the only political party in this country that wants to highlight and protect people in society who simply cannot protect themselves is Fianna Fáil.”Keaveney confirmed that he will not be standing in next year’s European elections and said that he would run to represent the people of Galway East in 2016, but noted that the general election is “many, many, many years away”.He said there is a “humility that is attractive in the party that can identify with people who are out there hurting” and dismissed the notion that his move to Fianna Fáil is controversial.“This controversy of me moving to Fianna Fáil pales into insignificance relative to the broken promises that have been made by this government to the people of my constituency,” he said.Asked if he still believed his new party had “run the country into the ground” as he said in 2010, he said: “What I believe is it is a changed party, I think that I was elected for tomorrow.I am the father of three children, I want a future for my family and my children that they dont have to emigrate from this country. It’s about tomorrow I’ve been elected for. I can’t undo what’s happened in the past, but I know that I can influence tomorrow by my membership of Fianna Fáil.”Originally posted at 2.57pm‘It must be a sign of his own desperation’: Here’s what Labour thinks of Keaveney’s FF switch‘He tickled Bertie’s belly’: Here’s what Colm Keaveney used to say about Fianna FáilConfirmed: Former Labour chairman Colm Keaveney joining Fianna Fáil