Realized the importance of mental health while playing for India: Hardik

Realized the importance of mental health while playing for India: Hardik

Chennai: India and Mumbai Indians all-rounder Hardik Pandya said on Wednesday that he felt the importance of mental health while playing international cricket and credited his family for keeping himself mentally strong.

In the video posted by Mumbai Indians on its official Twitter handle, Hardik said, 'When I played international cricket, I realized what kind of pressure gets involved in your life. Surely life changes for us but personally you also need to overcome everything. ' He said, "So I felt that mental health is also important, in which my family played a very big role which ensured that I was in the right place." 

The focus on being mentally healthy has been receiving more attention since last year as the Kovid-19 epidemic forced players to live in a biologically safe environment in which their lives are restricted to only hotels and stadiums. Defending champions Mumbai Indians will take on Royal Challengers Bangalore in the opening match of the Indian Premier League on Friday. 

Hardik, who has played 60 ODIs and 48 T20 Internationals for India, also emphasized the importance of physical fitness on the occasion of World Health Day. He said, 'Make sure during the day that you participate in some kind of' activity 'which will improve your fitness, it is very important. If you take care of small things then it will be good for your body's attention. ' 


FC Goa ready for AFC Champions League group stage debut

FC Goa ready for AFC Champions League group stage debut

Madgaon: AFC Champions League football tournament will be held for the first time since Wednesday in India and FC Goa will be the only team from the country to participate in the group stage of the continent's top club football competition. The FC Goa team will clash with Al-Rayan SC of Qatar at the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium on Wednesday and head coach Juan Ferrando is hopeful that the team will be able to take advantage of playing at home.

In this continent's most prestigious club competition, Indian Super League 2019-20 champion FC Goa has been placed in Group E along with Persepolis of Iran, Al-Rayan and Al-Wahda of UAE. The path of the Indian team will not be easy against the team of Al-Rayan, playing under the guidance of former Paris Saint Germain manager Laurent Blanc. Al-Rayan has such legendary players as former FC Porto star Yasin Brahimi and Ivory Coast's Yohan Boli.

It will not be easy for FC Goa to overcome the challenge of strong teams of Persepolis and Al Wahda. Before his league debut, Ferrando described his players' chance to play once in their lifetime against some of Asia's biggest players. FC Goa qualified in the group stage of the 2021 AFC Champions League by winning the ISL Winners League Shield in the 2019-20 season. This is the first time an Indian team is playing in this phase of the competition.