A langoor running across the turf towards the end of the Indian team’s practice session was the highlight of Saturday with the city experiencing some sunshine after a few days of gloom.
The fastest of all the athletes went on to show it was as comfortable jumping and climbing concrete stands as trees, causing minor disruptions in Bengal’s training ahead of Sunday’s Ranji match against Hyderabad.
In between, the Men in Blue worked out so hard in the morning that they called off a separate fielding session slated for the evening. So that was the end of India’s training camp ahead of the series against Pakistan.
Cricket manager Lalchand Rajput said there were positives to be drawn from the 2-4 series loss against Australia as well as the T20 victory. “The way we played as a team in a few games and won the last ODI from a poor position means our morale is high. We will take that into this series.”
Rajput added that it would eventually boil down to handling pressure.
“Whoever does that is likely to win.” There were questions on aggression too and the former opener cautioned there was need to show restraint.
“It’s a thin line, between aggression and over-aggression. We know we can’t afford to cross that line.”
RP Singh hoped to keep up the good work. “I have improved with each game. Instead of thinking about the weaknesses of Pakistani batsmen, I am trying to concentrate on my strengths. I will try to stick to my plans.”
Rajput said Md Asif’s absence wouldn’t make things any easier. “On the other hand, Shoaib Akhtar is back. Experience tells me that absence of a player doesn’t make your task any simpler.” More wise words and wiser deeds are expected from Monday.