Lowly India undergoes intense training ahead of ODI series

Published: Thursday, August 25, 2011, 0:00 [IST]
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India continue practice in right earnest

Hove (Sussex), Aug 25: Their confidence at an all time low following the 0-4 drubbing in the Test series, the Indian cricket team on Aug 24 went through intense fielding and batting drills ahead of the upcoming ODIs against England starting next month.

The entire ODI outfit, sans injured opener Gautam Gambhir and India's best player in the Test series Rahul Dravid, attended the morning's practice session here.

Even though speculations over Gambhir's availability for the ODI series is all but over following a clear MRI scan report, the left-hander did not come out to practice with his fellow players.

But otherwise, this morning's practice session was a sight for the sore eyes.

The Indian cricketers were subjected to some intense fielding drills, including catches -- high, low, sharp, spinning, at the boundary edge, running forward and backward.

It was interesting to see the fielders attempting to catch skiers while standing near the ropes and a few of the efforts were truly breath-taking.

Indian skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni was not part of this catching drill. However, he gave himself a good stretch with the bat in the nets and so did Suresh Raina, Rohit Sharma and Virat Kohli.

They faced some decent bowling from Munaf Patel, Vinay Kumar and Praveen Kumar, who went flat out at them.


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