Originally Posted by BoyBrumby
To an extent it is overplayed, however I think it seems so obvious sometimes one can definitely deduce it.
Like poor Jonny Bairstow, stuck in the 90s during a test at The Oval and got so bogged down he scored something like 1 run in 40 minutes before (IIRC) Morne castled him. Form can be a fickle mistress but for it to suddenly evaporate in such a clutch situation seems a heck of a coincidence. I don't think it's too much of a stretch to read a psychological element into his travails.
Ditto Mahela in the final, actually. Took a look at the DL par sheet between overs with drizzle in the air and promptly gets out to a spasticated reverse scoop.
That's probably just nerves early in his career (but I agree with your point if a pattern emerges) or in Mahela's case, having a brainfart. What egyptian was saying he somehow deduced that the players were having mental breakdowns *because* they were in poor form, while on the other hand, the players that got out of a rough patch were deemed mentally resilient. All this without knowing anything about what runs through the respective cricketers' minds when they play.
Not really disagreeing with you ftr.