Personality Dimensions Drive Achievement Levels of Cricket Players: A Study on the Five-Factor Model

Keywords: Personality, Big-Five, Batsmen, Pace Bowlers, BFI-44

Abstract

Aim of study. Cricket is considered a mental game among elite level performers. Specific personality traits characterize elite-level endeavors and high-potential athletes. Previous studies on psychological characteristics of cricket players reported that more skilful cricketers deal more consistently and effectively with their emotions and pressure. 

Therefore the objective of the present study was analysis of personality traits of cricket players at national, state, and district levels with the help of Five-Factor Model. 

Materials and Methods. Sample size included 120 male subjects (60 batsmen and 60 pace bowlers) recruited from cricket academies/training facilities/competition venues in India. Big-Five Personality Inventory (BFI-44) was utilized to measure personality dimensions. Differences among personality variables at different competition levels of batsmen and pace bowlers were analyzed using One-way MANOVAs. 

Results. National level pace bowlers scored high on openness (national vs. district, Mean Difference (MD) = 4.25, p < 0.05; national vs. state, MD = 2.75, p < 0.05) and agreeableness (national vs. district, MD = 4.70, p < 0.05; national vs. state, MD = 3.40, p < 0.05). Similarly, national level batsmen scored high on extraversion (national vs. district; MD = 4.350; p < 0.05), agreeableness (national vs. state; MD = 3.70; p < 0.05), and conscientiousness (national ns. district, MD = 3.25, p < 0.05; national vs. state, MD = 3.450, p < 0.05). 

Conclusions. National level pace bowlers exhibited greater agreeableness and openness whereas similar level batsmen showed greater agreeableness, openness, extraversion, and conscientiousness as compared to lower levels of participation. Since the concept of “Form” demands multi-factorial approach in the game of cricket, other facets of personality such as focus, mental toughness, self-belief, optimism etc. should also be explored for effective talent identification and coaching in cricket.

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Author Biographies

Abhishek Kumar, Lakshmibai National Institute of Physical Education

Gwalior, 474002, India
abhi9755465112@gmail.com

Maniah Shukla, Lakshmibai National Institute of Physical Education

Gwalior, 474002, India
manish.shukla1992@gmail.com

Jayashree Acharya, Lakshmibai National Institute of Physical Education

Gwalior, 474002, India
jayashreeacharya@hotmail.com

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Kumar, A., Shukla, M., & Acharya, J. (2021). Personality Dimensions Drive Achievement Levels of Cricket Players: A Study on the Five-Factor Model. Teorìâ Ta Metodika Fìzičnogo Vihovannâ, 21(3), 219-226. https://doi.org/10.17309/tmfv.2021.3.05
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