The Cricket Association of Bengal has hired Dr Mugdha Bavare, a reputed sports psychologist, for prepping up the mental toughness of the Bengal players ahead of the next season.
Mugdha has been associated as a Sports Psychologist with Mumbai cricket team and is the Founder of Disha Counseling Center based in Mumbai. An International level swimmer, Mugdha has won the prestigious state level Chhatrapati Award for excellence in swimming.
“We have seen over the last few seasons that the Bengal team while playing good cricket have choked in the crunch games. We have lost the semi-final of the Ranji Trophy last season, the final in the U23 men’s and Women’s senior also. So we have decided to engage a mental toughness trainer,” said Avishek Dalmiya, Jt Secretary, the CAB.
“Makarand Waingankar, widely known for the TRDO system in BCCI, suggested her name in one of our conversations. We discussed her appointment in-house and also with Sairaj Bahutule. In the first phase she will work with the senior Senior Bengal team probables,” he added.
She is associated with Mumbai Cricket Association (MCA) and has been regularly conducting group and individual sessions for cricketers for all age groups along with Mumbai Ranji Team.
“It’s an honour and privilege to be associated with an institution like the CAB. I am looking forward to working with the boys,” Mugdha said.
Mugdha was a Sports Psychologist to Indian Men & Women wrestling, boxing and athletics Team training for 2016 Rio Olympics. She is also a faculty at Exercise Science Academy (ESA) by American College of Sports Medicine, Mumbai as well as at Indian Institute of Sports Management (IISM).
“The CAB has taken a very good initiative of hiring a mental training mentor. This will definitely help the boys in the coming season,” said Bengal coach Sairaj Bahutule.
Mugdha is currently with Olympic Gold Quest (OGQ) and training athletes for 2018 Commonwealth Games and Asian Games as well as 2020 Olympics.
CAB Media Desk