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No nets, only gym and food

cricket Updated: Jul 01, 2007 02:08 IST
Rohit Mahajan
Rohit Mahajan
Hindustan Times
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The Indian team, though, could not concentrate on the cricket on Saturday — rain washed out the optional practice session once again, the players instead worked out in the gym at the Stormont ground.

They then had a rather simple lunch of rice, dal and pasta. Robin Uthappa, Ranadeb Bose, MS Dhoni, Rohit Sharma, Ishant Sharma, Gautam Gambhir and S Sreesanth watched tennis on TV as they munched the food.

Medical update

There's some food for thought as well — Ajit Agarkar is still unwell and is likely to miss Sunday's final. "Ajit was still very weak on Friday morning, so we could not take a gamble on him," captain Rahul Dravid said. “We're hoping he'd be OK, but Sreesanth is struggling."

Managerial advice

Chandu Borde, the cricket manager, has a word of advice for Tendulkar — after two misses, go for a ton. "Ija, bija, teeja," Borde chimes with glee. "I've told him that he should make the third time count, get a century because that will ensure that we'd do well on Sunday."

Missing in action

Ishant Sharma's kit, lost in transit during the flight from Mumbai, has still not been found.