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Chappell asks players to make their own destiny

RARING TO GO: Sourav Ganguly at a hotel in Bangalore on Wednesday. — Photo: K. Bhagya Prakash

RARING TO GO: Sourav Ganguly at a hotel in Bangalore on Wednesday. — Photo: K. Bhagya Prakash  

Sports Reporter

Bangalore: The Indian team probables settled into the first day of their cricket skills camp here on Wednesday. However it was not a case of hard cricket at the nets as the players instead gathered at the conference hall of the team hotel where coach Greg Chappell and Shiva Subramaniam of Tata Consultancy Services held separate sessions on team goals and on Edward De Bono's lateral thinking methods.

The morning was spent in the conference hall where Chappell reiterated his `commitment to excellence' and exhorted the players to `make their own destiny'. It was also Chappell's first formal interaction as coach with the Indian players. All the probables were present with Sourav Ganguly arriving early in the morning from Kolkata. Sachin Tendulkar, recuperating from his tennis-elbow surgery, was also present and is expected to be here for a couple of days. Ganguly meanwhile is scheduled to leave for Kolkata on Thursday.

De Bono methods

Later in the afternoon, Shiva Subramaniam, who Chappell referred to as one among the World's 20 master teachers of the Edward De Bono method, held a session on using different tools for thinking that will enhance confidence and performance levels. "The thinking tools Shiv has given us will be useful in team meetings and in planning for games, in terms of looking at the opposition and at seeing how we can improve our selves," Chappell said.

Shiva Subramaniam later explained the de Bono method to the media. Subramaniam spoke about the need to free thinking from a cluttered approach and to liberate it through a structured `coloured-hat' principle employed by de Bono. "Essentially it is a tool for thinking, the keyword here is `tool'. You have tools for cutting vegetables, you have tools for communicating but we don't have tools for thinking. If we can also use tools for thinking, the output of that thinking will be elegant and very organised," Subramaniam said.

Subramaniam then elaborated on the `coloured-hat-distinctive-thinking' patterns theory. "For instance if I want to think about the microphone, I use what is called a white hat and when I put a white hat I only think about the information I have on the microphone. Then I put on a yellow hat and think about the microphone's benefits. Then I put a black hat and think about the microphone's problems. Then I put on a green hat and try to solve the problem for instance the microphone might fall and the solution could be attaching it to my hand and prevent it from falling. Then I wear the red hat, which is all about the feelings — whether I like or don't like the microphone. These are the five hats, white hat for information, yellow hat for benefits, black hats for problems, green hat for creativity and red hat for feelings and the last hat is the blue hat which controls my thinking which tells me to go from one hat to another. Essentially we are talking about tools for thinking."

Chappell then stepped in and added: "The tools help in organising thinking, so that in team sessions, we can get the players focussed on speaking about the same subject rather than talking at cross purposes. Once you understand this thinking tool then you can use it quickly and it is something that we will be implementing in all our discussions. It is fairly simple and the players liked it."

Chappell also mentioned that sports scientist Ian Frazer will be among the team's support staff for the Sri Lankan tour.

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