Imagine Rahul Dravid can talk to the Indian Batsmen while staying in the pavillion.
It is India vs Australia. India could do with a 20-30 run partnership. That is all that is required and India are sniffing victory.
Mongia is playing with a 50, pretty well set and Ajit Agarkar goes in to bat.
What would Dravid say to Agarkar?
RD: Just chip in with a double figure score.
RD: Make double figure. Just reach 10 runs!
AA: Double figure? What does that mean?
RD: Bat, man! BAT!!
RD: 10 RUNS!! Make 10 Runs!
AA: Make? You mean with the bat?
RD: Runs yaar! 10 will do!
AA: Oh yeah, I just gave 10 runs in one of my overs while I was bowling. But why mention that now?
RD: BAT yaar! Bat, score, make some runs. (gestures a forward defensive stroke with his arms)
AA: Whew, I have seen that somewhere! what does that mean? Bat?
So yeah, this is what we get when Agarkar, who came into the side as an all-rounder fails to make a double figure score so very often.
He has failed to get into double figures 11 times in the last 15 matches that he got the opportunity to bat in the middle. And within that the highest score? 21 runs.
What is going on? With players like him, how can they even think of playing one batsman less?