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Brainstorming over bowling

It was another day of no activity for India. Sunday's tie against England appears to have drained them, mentally and physically, so much that the players opted for another day of rest. But things were not as still as they seemed. HT reports.

cricket Updated: Mar 02, 2011 02:33 IST
HT Correspondent

It was another day of no activity for India. Sunday's tie against England appears to have drained them, mentally and physically, so much that the players opted for another day of rest. But things were not as still as they seemed.

If sources close to the team were to be believed, some senior players took the initiative of holding a meeting to discuss what needs to be done over the next few weeks, given the way the bowling has fared in the first two matches.

According to sources, Sachin Tendulkar with skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni held centrestage and spoke at length about the importance of the role the bowlers have to play. It was learnt the team has decided against going in with a second spinner in the XI and plans to revert to the ploy of using three medium-pacers with a lone specialist spinner.

"This is cricket. In South Africa we won despite scoring 215-odd and couldn't defend 338 today," Dhoni had said after Sunday's match. "But it remains a concern for sure. If this continues to be the case with our bowling, we will have to get 360-370 in every match."

With people concerned being a bit iffy about the presence of the mercurial Sreesanth in the XI, it comes down to the condition of Ashish Nehra, who missed the first match because of a sore back and wasn't considered for selection in the second match either.

Sources, however, insisted that the left-armer is back to full fitness and will be available for India's next match, against Ireland here on Sunday.

Normal activity is scheduled to resume from Wednesday, when India have a regular practice session. Virender Sehwag, who left for New Delhi on Monday to consult a personal physician after being hit on the ribs at practice, is expected to attend the nets. With him, the focus will also be on Nehra.

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