After the departure of seniors, India's batting has been skating on thin ice.
It was shaken in South Africa, faltered in New Zealand and failed to make amends in Bangladesh during the Asia Cup. In the top-five run-getters' list in Asia Cup, headed by Kumar Sangakkara, not a single India batsman finds mention. In contrast, there is Ahmed Shehzad and Umar Akmal of Pakistan.
Done with practice on Friday morning, Pakistan's chief cricket consultant, Zaheer Abbas had a long chat with Akmal. Brought in before the Asia Cup, Abbas has been pro-active with the batsmen. "My role is to resolve a batsman's flaws. The way my team is picking up, I'm very happy," he told HT.
The 66-year-old legend found no reason to worry about India's tottering batting. Instead, he insisted that faith be maintained in the likes of Ajinkya Rahane, Shikhar Dhawan and Rohit Sharma.
"They are all very talented. In fact, these guys you have are the best in the world," he exclaimed. "Why do you keep worrying about runs? Ups and downs are always there. They will eventually start scoring with the talent they have. They are your future."
Zaheer says, "You have to play along the ground as far as possible and bat the 50 overs. Few things can stop your team from winning after that," Abbas explained. "In Virat Kohli you have a fabulous leader and one of the best batsmen."