Introduction: Anxiety, as negative emotion, affect perceptions in sports competitions, where a large majority of athletes consider anxiety to be debilitative towards performance, which may result in decreases in performance. Several researches on anxiety among athletes indicated that athletes take drugs to combat anxiety and enhance performance. There are many researches indicating that relaxation techniques benefits athletes by enhancing self-confidence, concentration, performance, reducing anxiety and stress, blood pressure as well as muscle tense. Cricket in modern area is vastly popular sport and in cricket the batsmen need a huge psychological equilibrium for better performance. One needs to stabilize and control his own anxiety and other negative aspect. The aim of this research was to find the correlation between different kinds of relaxation techniques and batting performance.
Methods/Methodology: The sample consisted of 40 cricketers. The sample was drawn from specialized batsmen who competed in 1st Division Cricket League in CAB (Cricket Association of Bengal) Cricket league. The Questionnaire of Imagery, The Questionnaire of Meditation, The Questionnaire of Progressive Muscle Relaxation and The Questionnaire of Techniques of Breathing, was used in this study. Besides that, Sports Performance Questionnaire also has been used in this study to correlate the relationship between the relaxation techniques and performance of batting.
Results & Discussion: The result showed that there are positive correlation between imagery and batting performance, meditation and batting performance, progressive muscle relaxation and batting performance, breathing techniques and batting performance.
Conclusion: Sport psychologist and coaches should use these findings to practice various kinds of relaxation techniques on athletes. Practicing relaxation techniques can reduce the number of athletes taking drugs to reduce anxiety and enhance performance.