Our cricketers ( and all of us ) can certainly learn from our rugby champions – and England as well.
In rugby, it’s unlikely that you will win many games at the top level, without an ‘ENFORCER’ in your pack
An enforcer is the one who ‘controls the game’ – and inspires confidence and certainty in his team mates.
At RWC 2019, we were lucky to have two such enforcers in our pack – Eben Etzebeth and Duane Vermeulen – and we walked away as the Rugby World Champions.
An inspired team effort where we played the game according to our game plan – not our opponent’s game plan.
In cricket, your enforcer is more aptly called your ‘DOMINATOR’.
He’s the player who dominates and dictates the way the game gets played.
He’s the player in the team who allows others in the team to play more freely .
He’s the one player who helps his team mates to reach their own highest potential.
He’s the catalyst for team and individual performance excellence.
England certainly has found their dominator in Ben Stokes – performing at that supreme next level in the summer of 2020 – and taking The Man of the Series award.
The key message from RWC 2019 – and the English cricket tour 2020, must be….
If you want to build Faith, Confidence & Belief (FCB) in your team – the cocktail of any winning team – you must ensure that you have an enforcer/ dominator in your team.
With decimals dividing those at the top of the world rankings, they are the key to winning teams.
To turn around their current fortunes, the Proteas need AB de Villiers to make a speedy comeback.
When you have someone like AB in your pack – things are different.
Bowlers, who sometimes seem invincible, suddenly lose their rhythm – lose their line and length – and lose their momentum.
Others in the team get the opportunity to play “ with and around your dominator”.
The game becomes an easier game – played on your terms – and not on your opponent’s terms.
That is how the Boks lifted the RWC.
AB is the key to rebuilding the PROTEAS.
PS: And please guys – let’s all back off calling for FAF’s early resignation. He has led the Proteas with distinction, dignity and class through one of our most challenging periods of transformation. #strongertogether. It’s a journey that has taken him perilously close to burn out. What he needs now is more support, not more challenge or criticism.
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