Usually, we all just walk around in an unfocused, inattentive daze.When things are on the line that’s when focus and attention come in, they push away the distracting, useless thoughts. That’s true even for high-performing sportsmen – who have their ordinary and extraordinary days, just like everyone else.
If we consider a 5 match series between two teams, a team that has lost the first two games is more likely to perform much much better in the third game. Why? Because things are on the line, more so than they were in the first two games. They are likely to choke as well.
It’s when you realize the importance of things that you are capable of surpassing yourself. Your senses have heightened beyond what they are usually capable of, time has not only slowed down, it has stopped, it has become meaningless. This is called the flow state or being in the zone.
So play close attention to this semi-final, you are going to see a lot of people outperforming themselves and a lot of people who won’t be able to handle the pressure.