From the mind of Myburgh: What does it take to become a masterclass batsman?

"Perfect practice makes perfect"

“Perfect practice makes perfect”

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I believe the true secret to become a great batsman is simply by working extremely hard. I have always lived by the words of South African golf legend Gary Player who said ‘The more I practice, the luckier I get’.

I believe that some people are blessed with the ability to be a great sportsmen, but some people never reach their full potential. Sometimes having amazing talents could lead to a lower work rate and those people will always be good sportsmen because of their talents. But, to become a master in what you do, it takes long hours of training and a lot of sacrifice. To become a batting master, it is important to put the hard work in.

It’s true what they say, ‘what you put in is what you will get out’. Unfortunately, in life we can’t have everything and therefore we have to give up something to get something. Give up your social time to work extra hard on your batting, be specific on what you want to achieve and develop, and when you train put yourself out of your comfort zone and train with a purpose.

Success does not come easy, but nothing is impossible. So my advice to anyone who wants to become a masterclass batsman is: Make sure you are hitting more balls than everyone else, but also remember that practice does not make perfect. Perfect practice makes perfect.

Column by Stephan Myburgh

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