‘Advised Team India players to have sex before match’ - Paddy Upton makes shocking revelation

Paddy Upton mentioned that his suggestion left Gary Kirsten, India’s head coach in that tournament, flabbergasted.

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The Indian cricket team has won several series and tournaments over the years but not many accolades can come near their 2011 World Cup triumph. Under MS Dhoni’s leadership, the Men in Blue performed as a unit in the tournament as the glory came to India after a long wait of 28 years. There also have been many famous stories from the Indian dressing room during that competition.

However, an infamous one was recently revealed by Paddy Upton, the former mental conditioning coach of Team India. In his book ‘The Barefoot Coach,’ Upton revealed that he had advised Team India players to have sex before matches. The South African also mentioned that his suggestion left Gary Kirsten, India’s head coach in that tournament, flabbergasted. Later, Upton apologized to Kirsten for his strange advice.

Paddy Upton had made notes for players

Upton also mentioned that during the preparation of the 2009 Champions Trophy, he had prepared notes for Team India players in which he gave detailed information about the benefits of sex. ‘Does having sex improve your performance? Yes, it grows,’ the former conditioning coach had written in his notes as mentioned in the book.

Meanwhile, India didn’t do much wrong in the 2011 World Cup as their journey to the trophy was pretty smooth. Their only loss in that tournament came against South Africa while a league stage game against England resulted in a thrilling tie. In their road to glory, MS Dhoni’s team also defeated defending champions Australia in the quarter-final before thrashing arch-rivals Pakistan in the semis.

Sri Lanka were up against India in the summit clash which took place at the iconic Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai. The final game was indeed nail-biting as the Lankan Lions had posted 274/6 while batting first. Moreover, India had lost veteran openers Sachin Tendulkar and Virender Sehwag cheaply. However, Gautam Gambhir and skipper MS Dhoni rose to the occasion and took India to a six-wicket triumph.

Notably, Yuvraj Singh, who received the Player of the Tournament award, was suffering from cancer in the competition. However, that didn’t restrict him from putting up one magnificent performance after another. Meanwhile, Upton’s tenure with Team India ended after the 2011 World Cup and he went on to join the South African team.