Mark Cosgrove. Picture: Dave Morton/Flickr

Mark Cosgrove. Picture: Dave Morton/Flickr

After failing to make an appearance this season for Leicester due to COVID-19, Mark Cosgrove was left without a contract for the upcoming season, yet is adamant there is still a couple of seasons left in him.

Mark Cosgrove admits he had a feeling that 2020 may have been his final year for Leicestershire as he went into the season with no more years left on his contract.

Whether he allows himself to blame the coronavirus completely for being left without a side in England, it was most definitely the reason he could not play overseas.

“I wasn’t really getting over there and making runs. So, without getting a chance to get over there, makes it pretty hard (to sign another contract),” Cosgrove told The Inner Sanctum.

Holding the record for most runs scored in T20 form at Leicestershire, Cosgrove believes he has been consistent over his years to prove whether it be to Leicester or to another English club that he can commit to another season.

“Look at my seasons in County Cricket. I think I’ve won 4-1, and the rest have been pretty good, so I don’t see why that would have changed.”

During the England off-season, Cosgrove returns back to Australia and plays in Adelaide.

Continuing to play cricket all year ensures he stays in shape particularly to return to County Cricket.

He kept this in mind as he had hoped to return back to England next year.

“I also work very hard in the off season, obviously playing in Adelaide at Northern (Districts) and keeping track of my batting and everything else. So, yes, I don’t think anything would have changed with me going back over there.”

Known for not being your average cricketer, the 36-year-old has taken on coaching in his latter stages of his career, teaching the upcoming generation of cricketers that it’s okay to be play differently than the rest of their team.

The role has also allowed him to remain within the cricket community.

“You need every kind of cricketer your team If you have 11 blokes that all bat the same, and bowl the same, you’re going to be pretty predictable team.”

“You need your x-factors, you need your blokes who are the point of difference.”

Being a coach himself has gained an appreciation in Cosgrove for the work that goes into teaching younger cricketers.

Cosgrove says that you must take the good and bad from all those who have coached you to become the best possible player or the best possible coach.

“I think the way you see coaches, you just try and pick up a few things here and there from the coaches when you were young, to the coaches you have now.”

“You obviously get some good advice, some bad advice and it’s the way you manage both of them and it develops you as a coach and as a player moving forwards.”

“I find it really good, some of these kids are in the same situation I was when I was 16 or 17, so it’s really good to share some experiences with them and try and help them along their way.”

It has also taught him to somewhat act maturely through the sport.

“I think as a coach, I’m probably more level-headed than I am as a player.”

On-field, Cosgrove can be remembered for making some interesting decisions… remember that very bizarre runout in September 2019?

“I’m not sure I’ve found that balance yet though,” he laughs.

“You do have that added responsibility to go the extra mile, to dig a little deeper than you expect some other players to do. You need to set that tone from the start and go from there.”

Cosgrove says the cliché of being yourself and allowing the youth to play the way they feel most comfortable is the key contributor in ensuring that they are doing the main thing when playing; having fun.

“Just have fun. I mean, for me, it’s all about having fun. You’re going to be much better and you can enjoy a lot more.”

“Look at Ricky Ponting, he made fifty first class hundreds or fifty test hundreds.

“That’s 50 days that he could celebrate. You’ve got to celebrate your team’s results as well otherwise it becomes a very lonely game.”

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