West Indies engages top psychologist

Published: Monday, June 27, 2011, 0:00 [IST]
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West Indies engages top psychologist

Bridgetown, June 26: West Indies have solicited the services of worldrenowned psychologist Rudi Webster to sort out the lingering issues of its team ahead of their second Test against India starting on Tuesday.

Webster, lean and watchful as ever, attended the morning net session of the West Indies team who are fighting to stay alive in the series, having lost the opening Test at Sabina Park by 63 runs.

The unconfirmed reports suggest that Webster would be with the West Indian team at least for this forthcoming Test at Kensington Oval.

West Indies have been on a losing spree in recent times and their batsmen appear to be trapped in their old failing of wasting good starts.

"When you are in middle, you focus ought be on things going on in the present. You are where your mind is. There are two dangerous things in performance - one is getting trapped in the past or thinking far too ahead in the future," Webster had said in the past.

"The second thing is thinking about all sorts of foolish things instead of the things you have to do on the field. In both cases, your concentration is in the wrong place."

Webster, widely regarded as cricket's best-known psychologist, was engaged by the Indian team during their last tour to the Caribbean in 2006.

"Every character is different in his own way. We respect them to be themselves. You can change yourself for a fraction of a time but on a longer basis you can''t do it," Dhoni said.

"We need to accept each in the way they are. And they have been superb with their timing, the way they handle responsibility," he added.

In the present bunch, there are at least four cricketers who are young and standing in for seniors but Dhoni believed they shouldn't be desperate in the knowledge that they have limited time with the team.

"It is important they are not desperate to score runs. If you are desperate, you put more pressure on yourself.

"What you need to do is to relax, prepare well and enjoy the game. Even when seniors are back, these youngsters would still have gained a lot about what international cricket is, how good players score runs and the areas where they need to improve."

Dhoni said it is not his style to call youngsters all the time and offer them advice.

"I do informal chats. I don''t believe in calling someone for big chats can put pressure," he said.


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