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HT Correspondent , Hindustan Times
Dharamsala, January 25, 2013
While the England cricket team opted for a tour around the nearby hill stations, including McLeodganj, skipping the practice session, the man in blue had the first feel of the conditions at the Dharamsala cricket stadium on Friday in a light warm up session. 
Indians opted for a light workout - some stretching exercises, fielding drills and a game of football. With India had already wrapped up the series after the Mohali match, the international tie will be only a formality match. The Indian team chose to do everything else on the field apart from net practice.

Team India arrived at the ground around 1pm clad in their red practice outfits. Star cricket players, including skipper MS Dhoni, Yuvraj Singh, Suresh Raina and other team members, exhibited their football skills in the warm-up session that lasted for two hours.

Football has been part of the Indian team's practice regime for the past couple of years. The small crowd who managed to sneak into the stadium watched their favourite players playing the game.

On the other hand, the England team enjoyed a trip to the hill stations around Dharamsala town, including Mcleoganj, adobe of Tibetan spiritual leader the Dalai Lama. They paid obeisance at Tsuglakhang Temple, also known as the Dalai Lama temple.

Meanwhile, the Indian Team also planned a trip to McLeodganj in the evening.