Team India sweats at nets ahead of England clash

Updated: Feb 22, 2011, 21:02 PM IST

Bangalore: The Indian cricket team on Tuesday had a strenous over three-hour net session mostly concentrating on batting at the M Chinnaswamy stadium here, ahead of their vital Group-B league match against England on Sunday.

Sachin Tendulkar, who underwent a MRI scan at a private hospital last Sunday after feeling uneasiness on his knees during the Dhaka match against Bangladesh, had light weight training at the NCA gymnasium.

Ashish Nehra, who did not play in Bangladesh due to back spasm, also did some weight training.

Both Tendulkar and Nehra did not take to batting or bowling on Tuesday, though the former was seen coming out to the net session area from the gym twice in between his weight training sessions.

Opening batsman Virender Sehwag, pacer S Sreeshanth and spinner Ravichandran Ashwin also decided to stay back and did not join the team either at the Gym or at the net sessions.

Yuvraj Singh also did not bat but bowled for about 20 minutes before doing some stretching exercises.

Gautam Gambhir, Virat Kohli and skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni batted for more than about 30 minutes each at the nets, while Zaheer Khan and Harbhajan Singh, who had a bit of bowling at the nets, also sharpened their batting skills by toiling at the nets longer than the regular batsmen.

Coach Gary Kristen was seen throwing the ball from a distance to both Zaheer and Harbhajan. At times, Kristen walked up to the batsmen to advise them on certain batting techniques.

Eleven members of the squad arrived at the stadium at 2.20 pm and practised till 6.00 pm.

The Indian team would be practicing from eleven Wednesday morning at the smaller NCA Grounds.