Indian batsman Sachin Tendulkar fell agonisingly short of his 100th international century once again before off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin lifted India's spirits with his maiden test ton on the fourth day of the third Test against West Indies on Friday.
The visibly frustrated 38-year-old trudged back to the pavilion, slowing down briefly to catch a replay of his dismissal on one of the giant screens above a grandstand as the disbelieving crowd slumped back into their seats.
Tendulkar's only other false shot in the innings had come on Thursday when he edged leg-spinner Devendra Bishoo on 58 but wicketkeeper Carlton Baugh failed to hold on to the tough chance.
Not many encouraging words were said to him by the partisan crowd once he walked back to his fielding position close to the boundary line after the over in which the local hero was dismissed, added Rampaul.
"I got that as soon as Sachin got out. When I walked back to the boundary it wasn't all that nice. I got heckled in a way," he said. "But that's how cricket goes. I know a lot of fans are down heartbroken.
"But we can't just let him Tendulkar get out there and live freely. We have our job to do as he has his job to do."
Tendulkar, playing his 184th Test, has scored 51 centuries in Tests and 48 in one-dayers.
The right-hander displayed a wide range of attacking shots in the morning against the second new ball, including an upper cut six off paceman Fidel Edwards over the third man, before he fell in the 90s for the second time since his last ton.
Tendulkar is unlikely to bat again in this Test after India avoided the follow-on and will either have to wait for the one-day series against West Indies, if he opts to play, or the four-Test series in Australia starting in Melbourne on December 26 for his next opportunity.