Bangalore, Feb 16: With a big series against Australia just a few days away, Sachin Tendulkar was back to work. This time, he practised in a different way at the M Chinnaswamy Stadium on the first day of the three-day camp on Saturday.
Tendulkar, who joined India team-mates for the first time since retiring from One Day Internationals in December, 2012, was seen receiving throwdowns and bowling from tennis balls. Also, fielding coach Trevor Penny resembled a tennis player sending down bouncy serves with a tennis racquet as Tendulkar batted.
Probably Tendulkar is preparing for the bouncers to be sent down from Australian pacemen. Already Peter Siddle, coach Mickey Arthur and others have spoken about how fast bowling could hold the key in the four-match series starting in Chennai on February 22.
Tendulkar was seen constantly speaking to Penny and National Cricket Academy (NCA) training assistant Raghavendra about how much the tennis ball should bounce and the length they should bowl at him.
As the bouncers and good length deliveries came his way, Tendulkar employed the upper cut for bouncers and left few balls alone. There were also defensive shots on view.
The 39-year-old practised with tennis balls for more than 45 minutes in the 'nets'. This came after a hard batting session in the centre pitch of the M Chinnaswamy Stadium.
Ashok Dinda, R Ashwin, Pragyan Ojha, Bhuvneshwar Kumar and others bowled at the Master Blaster.
Indian team's preparatory camp here will conclude on Monday. The 15-man squad will leave for Chennai on February 19.