BRM must be a tradie because he keeps hitting the nail on the head.
Firstly, I don’t think he should be discarded NOW, but I think he needs to be given a very short leash from here. 1.5 seasons to sort it out, or discarded.
Sometimes (often) pussyfooting around these issues just exarcerbates and enables this type of mentality. Like a social disease in a way, that’s why it’s a western thing and as you said, pakis and Indians or saffers aren’t doing the same.
Relegating him might be the jumpstart wake up call ‘this is life’ moment he needs.
This might sound so random, but I have been looking at a flight for a few days trying to get a good deal, but today, as soon as flights went up I realised how good it was and I had it yesterday so jumped on the one remaining deal that resembled something from yesterday. Snapped me into gear. Same thing. Psychological effect.
Secondly, and more pointedly,
Cricket especially is a sport that’s completely built on mental toughness. More than any other sport.
Might not be said out loud but ongoing Depression and anxiety that stops you from playing is equivalent to not being highly talented. Otherwise why wasn’t Vusi Sibanda averaging 50?in.
In cricket it is all about mental resilience and copping blow after blow and if he hasn’t got it, I don’t care how good his eye is. He’s not made for it.
If this was the NFL he would have just been cut and discarded, never to be seen again.
Ten big exception to all this is if his issues are related to a specific life problem. A family death, a break up etc I don’t think so though as this has been ongoing over a few years as oppose to months, and as Jaybro said, pops up with selection issues.
Thirdly, and I’m getting personal here for perspective. I had the same shit growing up. I was a talented record breaking athlete but I couldn’t handle the nerves. I would vomit at the thought of competing in public. No matter how calm my head was my body was naseuous. A lot of sports I couldn’t go further because I would be a wreck.
Even now when I go out to bat I’m nauseous but I can control it.
How did I get over it to the point I could compete? I realised I didn’t mean shit. No one gives a fuck. All eyes aren’t solely focused on me, who am I to think my own importance matters at a track and field meet, Rugby rep or cricket match? See point 1. Ripping the band aid off.
But more than anything, I could never dream of being an international cricketer with my lack of starch in sport. I can deliver a speech in front of hundreds but hard to battle this whilst maintaining fitness, endurance, puffing out etc
Cricinfo profile of the 'James Bond' of cricket:
FULL NAME: Angus James Mackay
BORN: 13 June 1967, Harare
KNOWN AS: Gus Mackay
'The' Gus Mackay.
Q. VUSI SIBANDA, WHERE DO YOU HOP?
A. UNDA DA ENTERTAINMENT CENTRE*