England tour: Youngsters impress at first camp

Published: Tuesday, June 18, 2002, 23:53 [IST]
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Delhi: The first phase of the probable camp of the Indian team bound to England came to a close on June 15 with all the players departing to their respective destinations.

The camp was successfully undertaken with the players working their hearts out in sweltering conditions. The training scheduled was split into three sessions with the morning session (6:00 to 8:15 hours - IST) dedicated to fitness and fielding. The first stint of nets lasted a good two-and-half to three hours (9:30-12:30 hours - IST) and the last from 4:00 to 6:30 hours (IST). This lot of probables had a lot of new faces with the juniors forming the core of the new lot - apart from the 15 that toured South Africa. Among the new faces most impressive was Amitha from Delhi. A nippy medium pacer, Amitha is an outstanding fielder in the mould of Jonty. Amitha also is a good-looking bat with a range of power packed strokes. Anannya Mitra too impressed with her skills behind the wickets. That apart, Monica looked strong and solid with her batting. Coach Tarak Sinha who is on the look out for fresh blood - keeping in mind the 2005 World Cup, was impressed with the new lot of players. However, most of the up coming youngsters seem to emerge in the bowling department with no exciting talent shone in the batting department. The second phase of the camp is scheduled to commence from June 24 with the probable list streamlined to about 20, according to reliable sources. The team is scheduled to leave for England on July 5 to participate in a triangular series involving India, New Zealand and hosts England.

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