England in India 2012-13

Zaheer, Tendulkar tune up at preparatory camp

Abhishek Purohit in Mumbai

November 10, 2012

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Sachin Tendulkar has a bat, Mumbai, November 10, 2012
At training on Saturday, Sachin Tendulkar seemed in control; the straight pushes were firm © AFP
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Zaheer Khan exuded purpose and found his rhythm, Sachin Tendulkar's back-foot punch made regular appearances and the India squad seemingly had a fairly satisfactory five hours of practice on day two of their three-day preparatory camp in Mumbai ahead of the England Test series. While the players had practised for a little more than an hour on Friday, today was their first proper workout as a Test side in the nine weeks since the New Zealand series.

Again, like on day one of the camp, all eyes were on Zaheer. Whatever he does on the field is closely scrutinised, such has been his tendency to break down, combined with his importance to India's Test side. Over the years, Zaheer has missed or pulled out during several big series due to injury. He had pulled up sore during Mumbai's Ranji Trophy opener against Railways last week. On Friday, Zaheer had spent the majority of his time on the massage table. He eventually did bowl for a while but was clearly not extending himself.

These days, it takes him an eternity to warm up. There is a pronounced cautiousness to his stretches and squats as if he is worried when something might snap somewhere in his body. Today, though, with the ball in hand he looked a different man. He started with a few gentle ones before increasing the speed of both his run-up and his deliveries. His focus seemed to be on targeting the angle across the right-hand batsmen. Though he was not unplayable, he tested the batsmen. What was good to see was that he remained intense throughout his spell - and it wasn't a short one. Zaheer bowled for about forty minutes in the first session, and again for a similar period of time after the lunch interval.

Another key player who had been tentative on Friday, Tendulkar, also looked a different man today. He faced the three India fast bowlers - Zaheer, Ishant Sharma and Umesh Yadav - with control, and without too many problems. The leaves were confident, the straight pushes were firm and, soon, the trademark back-foot punches appeared. He stood on his toes to send a rising Ishant delivery through extra cover. He pressed far forward to drive him down the ground. When Ishant moved one in close to off stump, Tendulkar left it safely and nodded towards the bowler in appreciation.

Unlike yesterday when they had batted in the nets, the batsmen played today against proper fields. Virender Sehwag and Gautam Gambhir started off, followed by Cheteshwar Pujara and Tendulkar, Virat Kohli and Yuvraj Singh, and Ajinkya Rahane and MS Dhoni. M Vijay, the reserve opener, batted along with the bowlers, who were out in full strength today with Harbhajan Singh joining the squad. Harbhajan came out in the second session, and after a lengthy fielding drill that included slip catching, and bowled to his fellow bowlers.

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Posted by ICCODIWorldChampions2011 on (November 13, 2012, 20:25 GMT)

Both Zaheer and tendulkar Should Consider retiring if they Under perform or get Injured Probably they should consider playing only ONe format.Also both these players are not playing continuously in any of the formats. This will spoil the Team combination and compositions. Also it will do good for other players Confidence if hes replaced by these players after performing well. Either Play well and Continuously without Injuries or give Way for Others.

Posted by Hytec on (November 13, 2012, 13:51 GMT)

It makes me tired to read of SRT and JHK comparisions. I think both are Greats. If I was a Promoter that wanted to fill up stadia then I would want SRT to play. If I was a Captain and I had to choose between the two I would pick JHK anyday.

Posted by Dhanno on (November 12, 2012, 18:27 GMT)

OMG.. If only this was real test match in happening. But no, this is just some more PR initiative, so I will go back to reading about the Ranji update or Australia-SA test. Well goodluck in 3 days time, when Test matches begin

Posted by Dravid_Pujara_Gravitas_Atheist on (November 12, 2012, 16:02 GMT)

Unfortunately, our selectors don't have it in them to put Statchin out of his misery.

Posted by Virs_Ferrari on (November 12, 2012, 15:27 GMT)

@Cpt.Meanster - are u honestly implying that Ganguly handled his retirement the best ? Ganguly still remains the only 'senior' to be kicked out of the Indian Test Team while others chose to retire. So i dont think Ganguly did the best, I think the team Management dd the best with Ganguly , and they should do the same with the current set of non-performing players ( seniors or juniors , should not matter) .

Posted by IPSY on (November 12, 2012, 12:50 GMT)

Greater batsmen than Tendulkar like Bradman, Lara, Richards, Gavascar, Sobers, Inzamam Ul Haq and others could have gone on to break or secure more records but they were not that type of petty professionals. They knew when to leave it to the youths. Example, Bradman could have played one more innings and scored one run for a perfect average of 100; but he thought he had nothing to prove by doing that, so he packed it up; Brian Lara too could have played two or three more innings and break Mr Tendulkar's record for the most 100s; but Lara too had nothing to prove by doing that; so he too packed up. Gavascar could have gone on to make 52 100s, but he too had nothing to prove; so he packed up so that Tendulkar and other young Indian batsmen could have a fair chance to prove themselves. Sachin is now fearful of Kallis breaking his record; and losing the fight to prevent it, but also bringing down the Indian team with him trying to do. But isn't his legacy more important than his record?

Posted by   on (November 12, 2012, 7:05 GMT)

Sachin nd Kallis....two of my favourites. But frankly how can u compare the two??? How many matches has Kallis delivered to SA singlehandedly?? People dont seem to understand the fact that, Sachin Tendulkar was the back bone, or the spine of the Indian cricket team for almost a decade, before Dravid, Saurav nd VVS started playing cricket, and even further till these guys started showing maturity. He played against the WI greats like Walsh nd Ambrose, PAKs like Wasim, Waqar, Saqlain, nd Akthar, AUs like, McGrath, Warne and Lee, SA's Donald, Pollock, Steyn, Morkel, SL's Murali & Vaas, Eng, Caddick, Anderson nd the list goes on.....Shane Warne once said that he used to get nightmares of SRT carting him around...Kallis has had success against all the above mentioned teams, but not with the same bowling lineups. JK belongs to the same team, which is considered to be one of the best attacks in world cricket, nd SRT is a man who humbled them (SRT's centuries in SA in 2011 nd 200* in ODIs)....

Posted by Gladkick on (November 12, 2012, 6:32 GMT)

@Harmony111 : The haters will hate anyway, no matter if they are right or wrong cz its what they want. They'll always argue the case and analyse the stats the way they want. They very well know they are WRONG but they wont admit it. Like you said, they blame him for anything and everything he does. Even if he scores tons in this series in all matches, they'l come back and say that he can only score in home grounds or English bowlers dint bowl well or some crap like that. I'm afraid that they'l be like that forever, absolutely negative and pathetic, even in their own lives... Sachin is a legend. He is a gem of India and has brought so much of glory, passion and proud to India and cricket. He is people's cricketer and that's why ppl think they own him. Everything he does, ppl see themselves in him. That's why they love him. So, let the haters hate. We will always love him till he dies! Love you sachin. All the best!

Posted by Al_Bundy1 on (November 12, 2012, 0:57 GMT)

Sachin and Sehwag are walking wickets these days. It seems they are not playing for India, but for the opposition. No amount of practice will help him reduce his age. He missed a golden opportunity to retire after World Cup 2011 on a high. Now he is in a very unenviable position - unable to score, but unable to retire. Our selectors should put him out of his misery by dropping him.

Posted by Harmony111 on (November 11, 2012, 19:46 GMT)

There are some people who first say that scoring 50 or 60 or 100 100s is not the benchmark to judge a player's greatness and then these same people say that Sachin has scored only x 100s in the last y tests/ODIs. Aren't these people confused? If Sachin scores 100s then he is labelled as selfish even if it is the others who failed to match him. If Sachin scores 50s then he is described as falling. If Sachin scores 30s and 40s then he is described as spent. If Sachin scores 10s and 20s then he is described as stubborn and sticky. Then ppl start asking when was the last time he scored a 100 and that Kallis has x 100s in y Tests (but Kallis is not said to be selfish). And if he scores a 100 again then he is described as being selfish again. Some people can be vicious.....

Posted by oj..cricfan on (November 11, 2012, 18:55 GMT)

My kids are too young to "awwwh" ST back foot or strait drive. I want ST to play for 3-4 year more. I want them to watch him live and admire the great man. So guys please stop talking about Tend retirement, let him play for few more year. That is the man's greatness.

Posted by   on (November 11, 2012, 18:50 GMT)

Have a look at Kallis' record in England and then look at Tebdulkar's... Once you're done with that, compare the ODI records of the two players. And then you shall realise who the best Batsman of the modern era is!

Posted by xylo on (November 11, 2012, 18:35 GMT)

Well, Zaheer has to be cautious. It is a given that Tendulkar will fail, and the team is trying to shore up the batting dept. If Zaheer fails though, the pace dept just comes apart. The 'luckless' Ishant Sharma would keep toiling.

Posted by shadab732 on (November 11, 2012, 18:10 GMT)

@ Monif you say sachin is good against only australia ,england and sri lanka....then the only two teams where kallis averages more than sachin is pakistan and west indies ...but kallis has got only one test hundred against ambrose in 1999 and one test hundred against waqar younis in 2002..rest of his hundreds are against the west indies side of post 2000 era,which had a poor bowling line up..and his tons against pakistan are also not against a bowling line-up as great as akram and waqar.

Posted by Cpt.Meanster on (November 11, 2012, 17:36 GMT)

Why is it that EVERY TIME there is an article about Sachin, somebody brings up Kallis. MY GOD ! Kallis is not in the same league as Tendulkar. That doesn't mean Kallis is not a good player. In fact, he's the best all rounder of the modern generation. But even Kallis will tell you that Sachin's a legend. My only frustration with Sachin is that he should have retired 2 years ago when India were no.1 in test cricket. That way, the confidence within the team would have improved. This is a cancer plaguing Indian cricket. Our veterans simply don't know when to QUIT. Kapil Dev did it, VVS and Dravid did it, now Sachin is doing it. ONLY Ganguly did it best.

Posted by chapathishot on (November 11, 2012, 17:35 GMT)

Guys what about Kallis against warne????????.Big Question Mark

Posted by Monif on (November 11, 2012, 17:15 GMT)

Why always ask to compare against Australia. Good bowling teams in 90 and 2000's are WI(not in 2000), SA, Aus, Pak. So check Tendulkars records with Kallis against all these teams. Kallis is ahead of him. He is way behind Sachin against Aus, but what sachin have scored against PAK and WI. check his records and find out yourself. He is great against Australia, England and Srilanka and Bangladesh only. Where as Kallis is good against all. Against Aus his avg is not that good but may be he will be around 45 at end of this series.

Posted by SnowSnake on (November 11, 2012, 16:26 GMT)

@avmd: Kallis has not played against the best bowling attack of modern times either. Most bowling attacks now-a-days, barring SA, are weak. So Kallis plays against weak bowlers and scores a few centuries, what's new? Let him play Steyn, Morkel, Philander and see what he scores?

Posted by shadab732 on (November 11, 2012, 16:22 GMT)

@ alarky talking about comparison...Sachin has got 6 hundreds in australia and 4 hundreds in england...and he averages more than kallis both in england and australia...Kallis has got 3 hundreds (including the one he scored today) in australia...and 2 100s in england (including the ton he scored recently when SA toured eng)...and his average is relatively lower than sachin...most of kallis's tons are in his homegrounds....and one more thing when kallis began his career...tendulkar had already become an all-time great...and he still is..and he will always be....

Posted by Neeta on (November 11, 2012, 15:17 GMT)

I am just tired of seeing all these folks comparing SRT and Kallis. Kallis has been a great servant of SA cricket and he surely deserves his respect. But what sets SRT apart from Kallis is his ODI record where nobody can even touch him. The man has scored around 18500 runs at an avg. of 45 at a strike rate of 88 playing across the generations against bowlers like Akram Waqar Walsh Ambrose McGrath Warne Murali etc. and it is not that he doen't bowl. When he used to bowl, he used to spin the ball a lot more than Kumble Bhajji etc. and took a lot of wickets as well. He stopped bowling because of his tennis elbow problems. Everyone suffers a slump in form but it doen't mean that you start baying for their blood. He is still miles ahead of the guys with whom u want to replace him with. Even though I don't like Ricky Ponting, the fact is that even he is a legend of the game and one of the best batsmen of all time. These people deserve respect and not people baying for their blood.

Posted by   on (November 11, 2012, 15:10 GMT)

Paltry 34.8?? Remind me what Rohit Sharma's test average is plz? 10Dulkar knows when to retire. Appreciate the genius while he's still around. Most (and I dont mean all) people clamouring for his retirement are just sick of seeing him on top of most record charts. let him bat wherever he wants to - 4, 5 or 6 or wherever. The well meaning pundits from elsewhere can stop fretting. Your concern is appreciated and acknowledged but let the Indians worry about whether he is being selfish or stubborn or whatever.

Posted by alarky on (November 11, 2012, 14:26 GMT)

The entire cricket world held great respect for Mr Tendulkar. But I think that this selfish, stubborn and unfruitful clinging to the No 4 position in the Indian team is causing a serious erosion of this respect around the world now? Imagine, since Jan 2, 2011, he has batted in 38 innings total - both test matches and ODIs; scoring just a single 100 against who? "BANGLADESH"! His combined average within this period is a paltry 34.8; being 35.9 in tests and worse 33.7 in ODIs! And what is most ridiculous, he's putting in this marathon period of poor performances which only contribute to the rapid decline of the Indian team under his watch! Why is he being allowed to do such injustice to INDIA CRICKET and all those gifted youths? He was allowed to do the same thing between 2003 and 2007 and regardless to what he did after, he should have been dropped then. On the other hand, look at Kallis with whom you all unfairly try to compare him - he's no match for Mr Kallis. It's time he goes home.

Posted by funkycrispy on (November 11, 2012, 13:50 GMT)

@lala88 Obvisously, u don't know much abt cricket...Do u know there is something called stats? Have you checked records of sachin and kallis against australia ever?...Don't comment just for the heck of it, lot of folks posting comments here knows their cricket....

Posted by avmd on (November 11, 2012, 13:12 GMT)

It would love to see Tendulkal failing. Its not fair to not to score abroad and get humiliated by 0-8 defeat and scoring runs docile home wickets. I would also give title of greatest baseman of current era to Kallis and not Tendulakar. Kallis scored in all situation, has scored only 7 lesser hundreds in almost 40 fewer tests. Time to drop Tendulkar NOW.

Posted by Johnny_129 on (November 11, 2012, 12:38 GMT)

@ lala88 on (November 11 2012, 09:16 AM GMT) Why can't you admit that the INDIAN TEAM is useless overseas instead of hiding the fact by blaming it all on SRT. Do you think SRT would have had more wins overseas if he had played for Sth Africa or Australia with bowlers like McGrath, Warne, Gillespie. Donald, Ntini, Pollock, Steyn and Philander to bowl the opposition out??? Appreciate a batting wonder that India is very lucky to have had - he won't be around too much longer.

Posted by gnanzcupid on (November 11, 2012, 11:19 GMT)

Is harbhajan included as a net bowler?

Posted by S-A-M-1994 on (November 11, 2012, 11:15 GMT)

@lal88, Agreed ya 100% right about short man probably 4ft right lol

Posted by   on (November 11, 2012, 10:48 GMT)

Master's preparation is spot on..just wait and watch

Posted by   on (November 11, 2012, 9:51 GMT)

Good luck God of cricket....

Posted by Rajesh_india_1990 on (November 11, 2012, 9:36 GMT)

@lala88 nice comedy!!expect more from you please..

Posted by SanjivAwesome on (November 11, 2012, 9:19 GMT)

It is frustrating being and India supporter. You read textbooks that say you choose players who are going to be fit for five days of Test. Then you hear our selectors and Dhoni picking 10-percenters. It seems to be more about who you know, and what you've done years ago, not about what you can do today. As an India supporter, I somtimes feel that if this team loses 0-4 on home soil, that just might be the tonic for getting the younger generation in - Yadav, Tiwari,

Posted by lala88 on (November 11, 2012, 9:16 GMT)

Even though if Sachin will perform brilliantly in coming series. That will never fade his poor performance in 8-0 white wash in Eng & Aus. Just look Kallis, he gives his best when his team in very crucial stages unlike tendulkar who scored tons in defeating matches. Kallis is the best cricketer in the modern world. Sachin is never close to him

Posted by shibuvin on (November 11, 2012, 8:43 GMT)

I am just foreseeing the pathetic situation, wherein Sachin is forced to retire from all form of Cricket. He got a wonderful chance after the World Cup win. But now, He is kinda trapped looking for a chance to retire. But It's gonna be Worse than Pathetic!!!

Posted by GRVJPR on (November 11, 2012, 5:29 GMT)

Zaheer khan has again pulled his hamstring in training today, but dhoni is saying that "we will go with zaheer even if he bowls 10 overs in a match as India has no other fast bowlers to rely on". I don't know why dhoni doesn't believe in Young bowlers! Surely could be demoralizing for Umesh yadav and Ishant

Posted by androyuvi on (November 11, 2012, 5:15 GMT)

@Sarwan Jhajj .. Are you crazy? Dream on! I don't think Bhajji will even get a single test match in this series. And about that "without gayle" statement, just go check how many times ashwin trapped Gayle. He is good against left handed batsmen and had Gayle been there, he would taken his wickets too. But Bhajji, he needs some rest, for life time.

Posted by Neeta on (November 11, 2012, 5:02 GMT)

Zak is working hard on his fitness and hopefully we will see the Zak of two years ago when he bamboozled the Aussies and the English when they last came to India. As for SRT, just waiting for him to shut up the mouth of his detractors.I just get a feeling we are going to see something big from SRT in this series along with Viru and Gauti. The ego & the respect which they got from the fans has been disturbed somewhat and they will be raring to go in this series. If these three fire together, then I have no doubt which team is going to come out on top along with giving a whitewash!!!. On the other players, I believe Pujara will have an okay series not much big. Kohli I m not too sure off. Yuvi will be an impact player and as for MSD, Parthiv, Saha and DK are breathing down his neck and just because of his captaincy are not being able to break into the team. Bhajji I would have loved to play him but unfortunately right now there is no place for him in the team. Angrezo ki pungi to bajegi!

Posted by Htc-Android on (November 11, 2012, 3:43 GMT)

I dont think England will lose 4-0 like india did. england have a far superior bowling attack than india has.

Posted by EverybodylovesSachin on (November 11, 2012, 3:29 GMT)

The best orthodox player I have ever seen..Like to to see vintage Sachin..best thing in cricket..

Posted by KiwiRocker- on (November 11, 2012, 2:50 GMT)

Pratice is good, but sadly the non performing god of cricket will again lose his middle stumps so some unknown bowlers and take a bow like he did to Boultt, Southee and Muhammad Asif. It is time to move on the greedy man!

Posted by   on (November 11, 2012, 2:28 GMT)

I am a Sachin fan......But i honestly think he will not score a century....Even scoring 50 is going to be difficult.....Because he is weak against the likes of Anderson and Bresnan and i am pretty much sure he is going to get bowled atleast in 2 innings....Who knows this maybe the end of the great SRT

Posted by loke_cricfan on (November 10, 2012, 22:21 GMT)

yo yo "Sachin back" " I m waiting"

Posted by maddy20 on (November 10, 2012, 20:05 GMT)

Very good to hear that our senior players had a good session. To be honest, this is way better than the warmup England is having(Indian batsmen batting against first choice bowlers to set fields instead of nets). Considering the buildup and a massive advantage of playing at home, anything less than a 3-0 series win would be very disappointing.

Posted by   on (November 10, 2012, 19:49 GMT)

i think yuvi and pujara will be best in the series sahvag ka dhamaka guati and dhoni ka pataka are sab chalenge yar bas bad men firki ka kamal and sada bahar virat wah i want say come 15 th nov plese

Posted by Abhi83Blr on (November 10, 2012, 19:32 GMT)

lol !! is all i can say !

Posted by Alexk400 on (November 10, 2012, 19:29 GMT)

I am no sachin fan but there is a good chance he will make few centuries. Media will go GAGA.

Posted by Nampally on (November 10, 2012, 19:13 GMT)

From the order of batting in the nets, it appears Dhoni may go with 7 batsmen & just 3 specialist bowlers in ZAK, Yadev/Ishant & Ashwin. It may also raise some doubts whether Yuvraj will give way to Ranahe from these 7 batsmen. It also looks like it will be a toss up between Ojha & Rahane for the final spot. It is tough to guess the final XI. India would have been in a stronger position to have a leg spinner - Rahul Sharma or A.Mishra in the squad. Since Ojha & Yuvraj are similar, Ojha could have given way to a wrist leg spinner. This way Indian bowling will be much stronger with different spinners to match rightie, Leftie batsmen & to get 20 Wkts. It must be known that Mishra got 4 wkts. against England on a dead wkt.

Posted by   on (November 10, 2012, 19:11 GMT)

it is good to see Zaheer in good shape... About Sachin there was never a doubt... hez a class act... he will be back with centuries from this series onward... he wasnt short of runs even in previous series anywayz...only NZ series being d exception !!!! nd i really hope Bhajji plays ahead of joker ashwin or they can play alongside him.... only den people will see the class of bhaajji... ashwin performed at home against below par NZ, WI( widout gayle)... let him bowl to SA bowlers even in india..... ppl will see where he stands... below par bowler promoted by MSD !!!! Go team India... itz Payback time !!!!

Posted by ssenthil on (November 10, 2012, 18:48 GMT)

I think both Sachin and Zak going to be in top form. Sachin surly on for something special as he was against Railways. I think Sachin, Kohli and Ashwin are top 3 key players while Zak, Yuvi, Pujara and P Ojha going to be impact players. Sehwag might come good in the first test and will be go bad as the series get going but for Gambhir this is going to be a massive series. A failure here I don't see him against Aussies in March.

Posted by   on (November 10, 2012, 18:25 GMT)

1999 Aus series Sachin played for Bombay , scored a double hundred to have a feel of Shane Warne and was ready for him in the tests .. he should have played in the mumbai game for match practice against england. The gap between his bat and pad has widened , he needs to practice on that weakness for the incoming ball.

Posted by MandarSathe on (November 10, 2012, 17:21 GMT)

Sachin Tendulkar is going to be the Man of the series... The preparations from his side this time reminds of 1999 AUS series.... Watch out England... Master is looking in the zone now.... Awaiting 15-Nov!

Posted by vinodzz on (November 10, 2012, 17:07 GMT)

ISHANT SHARMA .... will u be picked ahead of Yadav ??? seems like Abishek Purohit or his team keenly watching the training session better than Duncan Fletcher....

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