The team at the moment is trying to bury the opposition with the mountain of runs its proven batsmen can plunder. But what happens when they are dismissed for 240? They stand little chance for they haven't invested in bowlers.
The players must look him in the face and convey a sense of complete confidence. If they withdraw in the hope it would give him space to rediscover his belief, they might, unwittingly, end up shattering him completely.
'It will be far too easy to place the blame on Sachin for having batted too slowly on the second afternoon. But if you ask me India still had the right lead and five sessions to clean up Pakistan. They couldn't manage to do it.'