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Updated: July 17, 2012 04:11 IST

Indian Team prepares for Sri Lankan tour

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Indian Cricketers Gautham Gambhir and Virat Kohli seen during the practice session at M.A.Chidambaram Stadium in Chennai on Monday. Photo: K.Pichumani
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Indian Cricketers Gautham Gambhir and Virat Kohli seen during the practice session at M.A.Chidambaram Stadium in Chennai on Monday. Photo: K.Pichumani

With grey clouds taking charge of the skies – as they have unfailingly done over the past week here – the threat of rain formed the backdrop for the Indian cricket team’s training camp on Monday ahead of the Sri Lankan tour.

Fortunately for the Indians, who will be playing Sri Lanka in five ODIs and one T20, the season’s first practice session remained unhindered by weather. A new season also meant new training apparel: the cricketers were seen sporting a black jersey with a dash of luminous green. Suresh Raina, boyish grin intact, was the first player to step out for practice soon after coach Duncan Fletcher and bowling coach Joe Dawes made their way to the ground.

Raina’s colleagues, including skipper M.S. Dhoni, vice-captain Virat Kohli, Virender Sehwag, and Zaheer Khan, joined him not long after for the running and stretching routine. A spot of football was next on the agenda. Going by the players’ excited shrieks, it appeared like an exercise offering fun and competition in equal measure. Serious business commenced with batsmen, in pairs, alternating between the fast-bowlers’ and spinners’ nets.

After Umesh Yadav and Irfan Pathan warmed-up with some lusty hits, Sehwag and Gautam Gambhir took over. Even as Zaheer sought to gradually find his rhythm, Yadav went flat out. R. Ashwin and Pragyan Ojha continued to wheel away in the spinners’ net. In a particularly aggressive mood, Dhoni and Kohli put the media personnel, situated on the boundary, in peril with some vicious strikes. One shot from Kohli found Rahul Sharma’s head. Much to the relief of the team management, there was no serious injury. “Rahul is ok now,” Ravi Jain, media manager of the side, informed later.

The second day of the camp will be held on Tuesday following which the team will leave for Sri Lanka on Wednesday.

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it will be a great challenge for team india to beat inform srilankan team in their den..Eventhough series includes shorter format only,it is a great oppurtunity for the players to cop up with the srilankan conditions before T20 world cup...

from:  Nithin Prasad
Posted on: Jul 18, 2012 at 11:10 IST

Pakistan just toured Sri Lanka. which is a good bowling side but a bad
batting side. Now India is coming. which is a good batting side but a
bad bowling side. Sri Lanka has to adjust.

from:  Anil
Posted on: Jul 17, 2012 at 14:42 IST

WOW!! Its time for action for men in blue, who will definitely be under
pressure to perform after long time to prove their mettle against
another good side to show that,indeed, Indians truly are world
champions.

from:  nachiket raidurg
Posted on: Jul 17, 2012 at 12:41 IST
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