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Determined Tendulkar sweats it out at Eden

Published: Monday, November 14, 2011, 11:54 [IST]
 
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Determined Sachin sweats it out at Eden

Kolkata, Nov 14: One short of his 100th international ton, Sachin Tendulkar was a picture of concentration as he batted for close to 45 minutes at nets on the eve of India's second Test against the West Indies on Sunday.

Tendulkar who normally goes for light throw-ins ahead of a match, was seen in a different role on Sunday as he kept on batting, facing spinners as well as pacers.

Under the watchful eyes of coach Duncan Fletcher, the 38-year-old had an intense session as the Indian bowlers, sans off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin, sweated it out.

He played his trademark straight drives, while at the same time he was making it a point to loft a few balls over the fence, highlighting his determination to get to the mark at the historic Eden Gardens.

Earlier on Saturday, Tendulkar requested the hosts association to raise the sightscreen height, which was later raised to 20 feet.

He stroked fluently with his front foot right at the pitch of delivery as about a thousand spectators watched the master in awe and inspiration.

Tendulkar was among the first to enter the field and was in the last batch to leave the ground with cheers of 'Sachin, Sachin' from the stands.

The Indians had a practice session in the morning, spanning more than two hours, as the batters came in turns.

Tendulkar batted alongside VVS Laxman while Rahul Dravid, Virat Kohli and Yuvraj Singh batted next.

The senior most pro was also seen in a long discussion with Eden's leading run-scorer Laxman, who has a great record at the Eden including his 281 against the Aussies in the epic 2001 Test.

The West Indies trained in the afternoon session. India won the first Test by five wickets to lead the three match series 1-0.

Sachin Tendulkar on Sunday sought divine blessings when he visited Kali Temple at Kalighat while his fans organised havans to wish him luck.

Local India manager Alok Nandy said the senior most India cricketer visited the temple around 4 pm but he could not go inside, fearing crowd mayhem.

"He went in a car and offered prayers from outside. VVS Laxman also went to the temple," Nandy said.

PTI

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