India’s location for the practice session here on a sunny Thursday morning was nothing short of scenic. The team took full advantage and went about their regular routine with the normal stretches and warm-ups before they walked out to the nets to prepare for the all-important World Cup tie against Pakistan Sunday.
With mere 10 days to the start of the 2015 ICC World Cup, last-minute preparations are on for everyone involved in the cricket's show-piece event. But unluckily for the defending champions, it's confusion considering their final line-up.
Indian captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni Saturday said pacer Ishant Sharma and all-rounder Ravindra Jadeja are not fit for the team's opening game in the ODI tri-series against Australia at the Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG) here Sunday.
Mohit Sharma is one of the nine fast bowlers among the 30-World Cup probables chosen on Thursday and the Haryana pacer is eying another successful Ranji Trophy season to make the final Cup squad in a highly competitive environment.
Wicket-keeper Denesh Ramdin's century went in vain as West Indies slumped to a 16-run loss against India A in their second and final warm-up 50-over match ahead of the five-match ODI series against India at the Wankhede Stadium here on Sunday.
As the Test series is over, India and England are all set to lock horns in the limited over formats. Interestingly, three players in the Indian ODI squad – Sanju Samson, Karn Sharma and Dhawal Kulkarni are uncapped. And it`s highly possible that out of three, two promising youngsters in Samson and Sharma might get a chance earn their ODI caps.
Manoj Tiwary and Manish Pandey missed out on three-figure marks but their contrasting innings were enough to guide India `A` to a comprehensive 70-run win over South Africa `A` in the second match of the quadrangular series here on Tuesday.
Dhawal Kulkarni returned with a four-wicket haul after Cheteshwar Pujara and Yusuf Pathan hit twin half-centuries to guide West Zone to a 42-run victory over Central Zone in the second semi-final of the Deodhar Trophy on Tuesday.
Mumbai pace bowler Dhawal Kulkarni, who earned his maiden national limited-overs call-up just a couple of days back, was on Thursday ruled out of the three-match ODI series against the West Indies after sustaining a foot injury.
After recording back-to-back away victories, 40-time champions Mumbai, led by seasoned left-arm pacer Zaheer Khan, will take on a strong Delhi outfit in their first Ranji Trophy home game of the season at the BKC ground here from November 14-17.
Lost in the crowd surrounding Sachin Tendulkar following his match-winning knock in his last Ranji Trophy game, Mumbai`s Dhawal Kulkarni said it was the retiring legend`s guidance that helped him hang around after being hit on the face by a sharp bouncer.
Sachin Tendulkar`s farewell game in domestic cricket ended in a manner befitting his iconic stature, as the retiring legend singlehandedly guided Mumbai to a four-wicket win over Haryana in one of the most keenly followed match in the history of Ranji Trophy, here on Wednesday.