Dhoni arrives to take part in ~~rolling camp~~

Published: Sunday, September 3, 2006, 23:53 [IST]
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Bangalore: Hard hitting wicket-keeper batsman Mahendra Singh Dhoni, along with four other cricketers, arrived in the city today to take part in the 'rolling camp' for the Kaula Lumpur bound players being held at National Cricket Academy here.

Medium pacers Munaf Patel, R P Singh, S Sreeshant and Suresh Raina joined Dhoni as the players went through some innovative exercises, which included the 'golf ball cricket'.

This is the second batch of players undergoing the camp, under the new idea of the coach Greg Chappell in which players take part in the camp in small groups. In the first batch, Virender Sehwag, Yuvraj Singh, Mohammed Kaif, Ajit Agarkar and Irfan Pathan attended.

The seniors, like skipper Rahul Dravid, Sachin Tendulkar, Harbhajan Singh, apart from VRV Singh and Dinesh Mongia would be seen in the last batch beginning on Tuesday.

Sehwag, who took part in the first batch, was expected to come back for the third batch to further hone up his skills. Romesh Power who was drafted for the first batch but missed it due to personal reasons, would also come on Tuesday, BCCI sources said.

After a yoga session in the morning, the players came out for batting practice using stumps as a bat and playing golf balls thrown by Chappell, trainer Gregory King and physio Ian Frazer. Later the bowlers began rolling their arms using Kookaburra balls. BCCI has decided to introduce the Australian-made balls for the domestic season from this year instead of SG balls which had been used in India for a long time.

Chappell was seen giving special attention to Dhoni when the Jharkhand player batted. The camp was divided into three batches with the main purpose of giving individual attention to each players by the coach, physio and the trainer and the players had appreciated the move.

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