I have heard many commentators describing how Jonathan Trott goes through his marathon process before every ball, and how he has to perfrom his little idiosyncrasies.
For me watching Trott, I’m starting to think he has a major case of OCD. The performance he goes through for every ball is just remarkable. I had never noticed it before, but now it seems he has started to try and dig a trench in the wicket as well.
Is this just a new thing he does at test level? Or has this always been his way in county cricket, but we just never seen (or heard about) it before?
Watching Trott must be like a case study for shrinks all over the country.
What is Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder? – Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder, OCD, is an anxiety disorder and is characterized by recurrent, unwanted thoughts (obsessions) and/or repetitive behaviors (compulsions). Performing these so-called “rituals,” however, provides only temporary relief, and not performing them markedly increases anxiety.
Signs and Symptons – People with OCD may be plagued by persistent, unwelcome thoughts or images, or by the urgent need to engage in certain rituals.
Trott preparing to face a ball fits part of that description, it is like watching a ritual. He also looks very anxious at times, the Johannesburg test match in South Africa last January springs to mind.
Trott is not the only cricketer who looks like he has an unhealthy interest in a particular procedure, South African batsman Neil McKenzie is supposed to be another one.
Apparently he couldn’t go out to bat until all the toilet lids had been put down, and his wife wasn’t allowed to leave her seat while he was at the crease. I would think that goes a bit beyond just being superstition.
Tennis player Rafael Nadal is another major ritual performer. He goes through a meticulous process and takes an age to steady himself before every serve, and when it’s on a crucial point he takes even longer, all this after he has found the time to pick his arse on every point.
Is it superstition, OCD, or just plain gamesmanship? Who knows.