Bridgetown, Jun 27: Newly-appointed West Indies team psychologist Rudi Webster is a Sachin Tendulkar fan and he admires the champion batsman for his ability to impose himself on opponents, situations and conditions.
"Sachin, like any great sportsman or businessman, finds a way to challenge himself. He finds a way to get on top of tricky situations and conditions. But only the very best can manage so," said the genial Webster, who has been roped in by the West Indies Cricket Boad (WICB) to boost the team ahead of the second cricket Test against India beginning here tomorrow.
India are 1-0 up in the series by virtue of their 63-run win over the hosts in the first Test at the Sabina Park in Kingston, Jamaica last week.
Webster feels cricketers must know when to let the storm pass and then get on top of situations - a quality which he terms as "flexibility of mind."
"Others must know to spot the situation which needs different responses. They should have that intense concentration to know when they must play against their natural instincts. They must challenge themselves to be flexible," he said.
"Australians, for example, never needled Lara. Lara was an extremely dangerous opponent. As for others, like Sir Garfield Sobers once said, mind more than skills make a difference in their careers.
"There has to be a reason why incredibly talented cricketers don''t make it to the top while lesser cricketers achieve more than their skills deserve," he added.