India regulars gear up for the Windies series

  • Anand Sachar, Hindustan Times, Bangalore
  • Updated: Sep 30, 2014 01:19 IST

With Ravi Shastri as team director, India players have been summoned for a weeklong camp at the National Cricket Academy (NCA).

The West Indies set to arrive this week and a more challenging tour of Australia to follow, the India regulars who were not caught up with the Champions League T20 and the upcoming tour games against the Windies will be practicing in Bangalore until October 5.

HT understands it is an initiative by Shastri and the newly-appointed support staff --- B Arun, R Sridhar and Sanjay Bangar.

Virat Kohli, Shikhar Dhawan, Ambati Rayudu and Stuart Binny, who leaves for the practice games to Mumbai on Tuesday evening, had a rigorous two-hour session in the morning.

Ishant Sharma, Mohammed Shami and Bhuvneshwar Kumar rolled their arms over in the afternoon. Varun Aaron, who returned from England on Sunday night after a county stint with Durham, was present but did not bowl. Shastri is set to join the camp on Tuesday, while coach Duncan Fletcher is unlikely to attend. Sridhar and Arun oversaw the seven-hour long camp on Monday.

Shikhar seemed more intent on getting a grip over the turning ball, while Rayudu and Virat were seen facing the pacers. Virat, who endured a difficult tour of England, even had a separate session, facing throw-downs from bowling coach Arun.

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