I was asked a question in a press conference just after the match if I was surprised by the declaration. I said yes. Then I was asked if I was disappointed. I said, "Yes, I'd be lying if I said I wasn't disappointed." But that is all that I had said. After the declaration, I got to the dressing room, quietly put my bat aside and sat down. I had my pads on.
After a couple of minutes, I washed my face, went up to John Wright, our coach then and said, "I will take sometime to get back on the field because my back is a little sore. I will go after a while." That is all that happened. You can clarify with anyone who was there in the dressing room then. There was not a word more spoken.
Image: Indian batsman Sachin Tendulkar (R) hits a boundary off Pakistani spin bowler Saqlain Mushtaq (not in picture) as wicketkeeper Moin Khan (L) looks on during the second day of the first Test match between Pakistan and India in Multan, 29 March 2004.