Australia in India 2012-13

India begin training camp in Bangalore

Sidharth Monga

February 16, 2013

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Virender Sehwag, in his new spectacles, trains at India's conditioning camp in Bangalore, February 17, 2013
Virender Sehwag, in his new spectacles, trains at India's conditioning camp © ESPNcricinfo Ltd
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India's conditioning camp in preparation for the four-Test series began on Saturday in Bangalore. This is a three-day camp after which the team will move to Chennai for the first Test, which begins on February 22. Over two sessions that lasted about three-and-a-half hours each, all the batsmen got a decent hit out in the middle as opposed to just nets sessions, and the bowlers got long spells.

In between, there was enough time for the team trainer, Ramji Srinivasan, to put the players through their paces. The new mask that some of the Indian players have been using for training was on display too. It simulates high-altitude training by reducing the oxygen supply, which helps condition the lungs and builds endurance.

The surprise of the day was when Virender Sehwag emerged wearing prescription glasses. When he batted in the middle, though, he didn't wear them. Later, at a net session, he had a knock with the glasses on. He has had these new glasses for about a week, but it is not clear if he will wear them when he goes out to bat in the next Test.

The highlight of the day was a temporary cloth sight screen that caught fire. As it happens at stadiums, there was some renovation work on, which involved welding, and the sparks caused the fire. No incident occurred, a new sight screen was erected, and all it resulted in was a five-minute break and a bit of smoke.

There were no injury concerns to report. Ishant Sharma, whose quick and sudden trip to Australia had caused a few doubts over his fitness, bowled at full pelt. Irfan Pathan and L Balaji, who have been rehabilitating at the National Cricket Academy, which is housed in the M Chinnaswamy Stadium, also had a bowl.

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Posted by   on (February 19, 2013, 4:01 GMT)

I would like to wish and hope for better rather than commenting. My only concern to Indian Side that we definitely have a good team for batting, fielding and bowling but they should be a bit responsible and concentration to the job. Like in batsman Sehwag specially and others too should be straight through to batting. Should not experiment. As most of us seen him (Sehwag) batting in a very strong pose having many double and triple centuries but from last couple of series we haven't seen him like before except first innings of first test against England recently. He looks to lazy to play and now we are definitely expecting that he will play better. I am more confidant on Ojha and jadega for spin bowling attack. Definitely Harbhajan & Ashwin is good but Ashiwin in the last series was looking more experimental rather than concentrating. I believe that Dhoni & Kohli to more concentrate to batting as a strong & challange to Australians and Specially in Next Series in SA against SA.

Posted by Ramkishore.. on (February 17, 2013, 19:09 GMT)

Good to see IRFAN bowling..

Posted by Jaissy on (February 17, 2013, 18:57 GMT)

i think ishant sharma leading the pace attck will do good if not worse than zak. and having bhuvi alongside. India should not go with the third fast bowler which is dinda and play harbhajan,ojha and jadeja as a spinner. Sir dhoni: no ashwin please.

Posted by Sir.Ivor on (February 17, 2013, 13:06 GMT)

Wasim Raja. A very valid question. When Javagal Srinath started out he was just a tall tearawaymid. He evolved gradually and became a very fine bowler only later. He made his debut in 92 and was the full package only in the mid 90s. Ishant Sharma seems to be like him. He made his debut in 2007/08, when he was good but rather one dimensional. He has only recently evolved and I believe will do well in the series aagainst Australia. He has been beset with injuries and so the slow pace at which he has evolved thus far. I am sure he will do well from here on.

Posted by here2rock on (February 17, 2013, 7:08 GMT)

The comments that "The surprise of the day was when Virender Sehwag emerged wearing prescription glasses. When he batted in the middle, though, he didn't wear them", I hope he wears contact lenses if not glasses. Lack of good eye sight explain his poor form of late.

Posted by   on (February 17, 2013, 6:17 GMT)

@ Sir.Ivor You mentioned that he will gain with experience. But how long can you call him a young promising bowler. He has already played 47 test matches. If you have still not learned how to outfox the batsman then i am not sure when is he going to learn.

Posted by chandanpau on (February 17, 2013, 5:05 GMT)

sehwag,gambhir,pujara,sachin,kohli,dhoni,pathan,ashwin,bhuvneshwar,harbhajan,ojha,jadeja.hmmmm just imagine how allrounders effect the composition of team.we can play 5 specialist bowlers if we hav atleast 2 good bowling allrounders like pathan ,jadeja,ashwin and even bhuvneshwar.

Posted by Sir.Ivor on (February 17, 2013, 4:57 GMT)

Al_Bundy, I wish to mention that bowlers develop the knack of thinking out batsmen with experience and training. It is not as if all of them are born with this ability like Wasim Akram. Studying the batsman's strong and weak points, thinking about a suitable field for them and using your skills to get them out are all part of the captain's role. Dhoni unfortunately leaves it all to the bowlers as he has admitted openly. Anil Kumble, Arjuna Ranatunga,Mark taylor and Michael Clarke were all captains who would evolve a bowling strategy and their bowlers would execute the plans. Ishant should have evolved faster than he has. But he is becoming a thinking fast bowler as he is getting control of his skills.I have seen him in recent times bowl an out swinger,a yorker and a slower ball in addition to his stock inswinger. I wish he would learn the art of using the crease by which he could bring in angles to his skills. I feel he will peak in another couple of years.

Posted by   on (February 17, 2013, 4:22 GMT)

agree withu Cpt.Meanster! @Al_Bundy1 agree ishant can get a lot better but im sure none of the ones u mentioned r better than him! u r commenting just by looking at stats once u c them bowl u too would agree with me

Posted by sanjaycrickfan on (February 17, 2013, 3:31 GMT)

@Cpt. Meanster I'm glad you mentioned about the conditions that Indian fast bowlers face in India. Batsmen friendly flat pitches with no bounce and movement and hot weather. We have seen how South African bowlers are struggling to get even Pakistan batsmen out in Cape Town on a flat pitch. We have to be a lot more encouraging of them.

Posted by   on (February 16, 2013, 20:31 GMT)

I am sure we will get to see a new ISHANT in the coming series ..not only speed but out foxing ability as he has developed a consistent out swinging bowl.. i am sure ishant will pick much more this series...

Posted by Cpt.Meanster on (February 16, 2013, 19:15 GMT)

@Al_Bundy1: Have you ever held a cricket ball in your life ? Quit being the arm chair pundit and try to get out there on a flat pitch and bowl to world class batsmen. I bet you won't even last the day, let alone getting any wickets. We need to be supportive of our team, especially the bowlers who have always got a raw deal thanks to our pitches, weather and the overly batsman's culture present in India.

Posted by Viky_Robin on (February 16, 2013, 18:11 GMT)

Come on IRFY, we miss u a lot...

Posted by   on (February 16, 2013, 18:04 GMT)

Good to know Pathan is bowling. Hope he makes it to the Indian test squad.

Posted by Al_Bundy1 on (February 16, 2013, 16:36 GMT)

Ishant can bowl all day long at 140+ kph, he still won't get more than 2 wickets - he lacks the thinking ability to out fox top level batsmen. He has been given way too many chances. It's time to replace him with s deserving youngster like Ahmed, Awana, or Pandey.

Posted by binu.emiliya on (February 16, 2013, 15:50 GMT)

Happy to knew that irfan bowling again

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