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ICC CWC'19: No right or wrong answer for having WAGs on cricket tour

DECCAN CHRONICLE. | BIPIN DANI
Published Jun 21, 2019, 1:21 pm IST
Updated Jun 21, 2019, 1:21 pm IST
The wives of quite a few Asian players (India, Pakistan, Sri Lanka) have reached to join their husbands.
Rohit Sharma's wife Ritika with daughter Samaira have reached England. (Photo: AFP).
 Rohit Sharma's wife Ritika with daughter Samaira have reached England. (Photo: AFP).

Mumbai: Team India's vice-captain and hero of the World Cup match against Pakistan, Rohit Sharma has admitted that daughter's birth has put him in good space.

"I think it's just the space I am in right now. It's a very good phase in my life. My newly-born daughter has actually put me in a good space", he said after his brilliant innings on Sunday.

 

Rohit Sharma's wife Ritika with daughter Samaira have reached England. The wives of quite a few Asian players (India, Pakistan, Sri Lanka) have reached to join their husbands.

However, the Sri Lankan and Pakistan teams are struggling to perform well in the tournament.

Whether WAGs (Wives and Girlfriends) presence advantageous or destruction?

The question by this reporter was asked to Jeremy Snape, who is a former England Cricketer and global sports and business psychologist with Sporting Edge.

Here's is what he has to say :

"Along with the media scrutiny and pressures of playing and raising a young family, this can be a challenging time. For some teams the antidote is allowing loved ones to travel with them, reducing the stress of separation. A few low scores are quickly put into perspective by an hour in the hotel swimming pool with your toddler or a private evening meal with your wife.

"For others, an army of travelling spouses and children comes at not only a financial cost but a cost to focus with frustrated families having to fit around last minute changes to meeting times, team meals and training.

"There is also the added travel complexity of another 50-75 family members, bags, and pushchairs for screaming babies adjusting to jet lag.

"The truth is that there is no right or wrong answer but the acceptance of the team is critical as there is nothing worse than cliques forming in a team. Having worked with England, South Africa, Sri Lanka I've seen a number of approaches work. Having WAGs can be an added incentive for the players!.

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