England in India 2012-13 November 9, 2012

India begin preparatory camp ahead of England Tests


While the visiting Englishmen played their third warm-up game of the India tour in Ahmedabad, India's Test side eased into its three-day preparatory camp for the upcoming series with a short practice session at the Cricket Club of India (CCI) in south Mumbai. All members of the squad, barring Harbhajan Singh, whose flight was delayed, arrived at the CCI in the afternoon, along with coach Duncan Fletcher, and batted and bowled for a little more than an hour after a short game of football. With the World Twenty20 and Champions League T20 having consumed most of September and October, this was the first outing for India's Test side in nine weeks, the first after the New Zealand series at home.

The fitness of Zaheer Khan, who had lasted all of 13.3 overs on India's tour of England last year, was again in focus. Zaheer had pulled up sore, pointing towards his groin, on the third day of Mumbai's Ranji Trophy opener against Railways last week, and had walked off the field. He didn't bowl or field on the fourth and final day, but Mumbai captain Ajit Agarkar had said Zaheer's problem was just cramp. Today, while the other quick bowlers in the India squad, Umesh Yadav and Ishant Sharma, bowled through the mini-session, Zaheer spent the majority of his time on the massage table. He eventually did bowl for a while but was clearly not extending himself. On the other hand, Ishant and Umesh, especially, bowled with pace and rhythm.

The batsmen took to the nets as per the batting order in batches of four, with Virender Sehwag, Gautam Gambhir, Cheteshwar Pujara and Sachin Tendulkar starting off. Pujara looked in fine touch, defending and attacking confidently, though the bowling was below par at times. With various age-group matches going on in Mumbai at the moment, it was difficult to assemble decent young net bowlers. Two of those bowlers, though, managed to hit Tendulkar's stumps once each with the batsman appearing a touch tentative. Tendulkar did loft R Ashwin crisply a few times and soon left the nets to receive a few throwdowns.

Next in were Virat Kohli, Yuvraj Singh, Ajinkya Rahane and MS Dhoni. Gambhir and M Vijay, the reserve opener, continued to bat into the fading light after the rest were done. After Gambhir walked off eventually, Vijay hit a few more for a while against the local spinners and was the last player to leave the nets. The squad will have a full training session tomorrow.

Abhishek Purohit is an editorial assistant at ESPNcricinfo

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  • Naman on November 11, 2012, 4:47 GMT

    Great Job Harmony111..to all the Sachin detractors..the way he has been preparing for this series u just wait and watch..waiting for the master's heroics and people like Prashant Pandit should shut up because they don't know what Sachin is all about. They are all recent fans of cricket who would not even understand what SRT is to the game and how much he has served the country and is still miles ahead of his contemporaries. People started his career after him and finished before him and they say that the guy is not tough.

  • Harmon on November 10, 2012, 23:47 GMT

    @Prashant Pandit: The guy loses his father, goes back and then comes back and scores a 100 and even then that man is not mentally strong. The guy top scored in the premier world event of cricket twice and is the all time top scorer and yeah the man must be mentally weak. Someone who scores a 100 or 70 or 50 in ONE match must be mentally strong right? They guy comes in at 6/2, scores a century then under severe back spasms plays one false shot with only 12 more runs to get only to see his mentally stronger teammates give in and still this guy must be mentally weak. The guy makes his debut at the age of 16, gets hit on the face but battles on even with a bloodied face but clearly he is mentally weak. At the age of 19 the man scores a 100 at the fastest wicket in the world but how can he be mentally strong? The man was the first ever to the 200 run mark but this doesn't prove he is mentally strong. The man has been MoM vs our arch rivals 3/5 in WC but clearly he is mentally weak. Right?

  • Akshita on November 10, 2012, 15:26 GMT

    And the news is that sand is being added and clay content is being reduced on the main pitch so that the pitch breaks down as soon as possible , this would mean toss would be really really important .

  • Ali on November 10, 2012, 15:09 GMT


  • Akshita on November 10, 2012, 14:16 GMT

    Last 2 times England did really well in india. In 2010 in the only test that india won Strauss set 387 to win for india and that backfired. Sehwag played a brilliant innings in the 2nd innings . The 2nd test test was drawn with KP scoring a century for england . So the last 2 times England visited india they have not been that poor . They were ok and competitive in tests . Its the one dayers where they fared really poorly but almost every other team fare poorly in india against Indian powerful batting line up .Srilanka ,South africa , Nz , Australia, Wi , Pakisthan ,Australia all have lost in their most recent odi visit to India . India is really good at home in all formats but I don't think they can white wash England in tests it would be 2-1 or 1-1 for India if I am to make to guess. However in Odis India would be allover England.

  • Akshita on November 10, 2012, 13:49 GMT

    @ Lawrencepeters In the past decade England have won series in both Pakisthan and Srilanka under Nasser Hussain .

  • Akshita on November 10, 2012, 13:45 GMT

    @Lawrence peters England won the test in Mumbai in 2006 .

  • Dummy4 on November 10, 2012, 11:51 GMT

    Both, Sachin, who is in terrible form for quite some time; and 'injured'-before-a-series-specialist" Zaheer should not be in the playing XI. Selectors have wasted two slots, by including these two. We already have enough worries about the two veteran openers! If the openers also fail, four slots are wasted!

  • Dummy4 on November 10, 2012, 11:44 GMT

    It looks, Sachin is going to get out, bowled, again... and ... again.... If Meaker plays, Sachin will be his bunny; since the great man always had a soft corner for international debutantes!

  • Dummy4 on November 10, 2012, 11:40 GMT

    Since extracts from Mickey Arthur's "Dozier" were publicly available, I tried to post extracts from Andy Flower's non-existing "Dozier" to get the Indian team out cheaply. Only 2 of the 8 pieces got posted here; so it looks disjointed ( No 2 & No 8-11). If any one wonders, what this disjointed stuff is, this is the answer!

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