You’ve scored an unbeaten ton in your last 3 innings.
You’re batting well, you feel good and most importantly, you look good!
You can carry as much form as you like coming into your next game, but unless the opposition study and follow your scorecard closely, they are unlikely to know your recent success.
But, they can sense it. They know something special is coming out to bat when you walk out. It’s almost an aura.
First impressions count. You do it yourself to other batsmen.
Think about the “league legend” that everyone knows. We try to judge the mood he is in by his body language.
When he strides out with his bat over his shoulder, almost whistling a happy tune you steel yourself for a lot of leather chasing.
But what if you are not a league legend and you have not come off the back of several big scores. Can you still produce the same aura?
This is why you should begin to bat, before you’ve started your walk out to the middle.
By that I mean be conscious of your actions whilst waiting to bat; you are not invisible to the opposition or your team mates just because you aren’t on the field.
Now, I’m not saying act the big shot, you still have to be comfortable with yourself, but imagine the difference your attitude and manner has on your surrounding team mates and the opposition.
If the opposition see you giving off negativity and doubt they are more than likely to feel confident against you.
In your own style you need to give off a cool, controlled attitude to settle the rest of your team and give the message that the opposition are in for a grind.
Look to up the tempo by jogging out to the middle playing big shadow shots, sending out a message to the fielding side that they are in the firing line.
Sure, there is an element of “faking it until you make it” but you have to start somewhere. Why wait until you are 120 not out to give it a strut?
Right from the moment you arrive at the ground, be conscious of your visible signs of preparation and the effect they have on others.
Visible preparation will allow you to embrace the mind-set that you wish to achieve. You actions speak loudly.