Sachin Tendulkar's indulgence in friendly banter with his teammates is well-known. It often comes through in the practice sessions when he picks up the ball and has a go, literally and figuratively, at the batsman.
The team nets on the eve of the first one-dayer against Sri Lanka on Thursday was no different.
At the receiving end on this occasion was Harbhajan Singh and gheraoing him was none other than Sachin Tendulkar.
The off-spinner was left protesting repeatedly as Tendulkar 'claimed' out off every ball he bowled at the former. "There is long on," Tendulkar said after Bhajji played a lofted shot.
"But that was wide of long on," Harbhajan responded. "There is widish midwicket too," the reply came back. Batting or bowling, Tendulkar always has the last laugh.
Twenty-20 has entertainment Value: Rhodes
Jonty Rhodes feels Twenty-20 cricket will help upcoming players get used to the pressure of international sport but a world championship of the instant variety of the game was purely a marketing gimmick.
"Twenty-20 is played at high level of intensity. It will help in learning to play under pressure, particularly for youngsters who are progressing from provincial to international cricket," Rhodes, South Africa's former Test cricketer and current fielding coach, said during the team's stay in Colombo.
So, was the latest form of the game worth a world championship? Rhodes avoided a direct reply.
"It has an entertainment value. The ICC realises cricket has to compete with other forms of entertainment, movies and other sports, to attract the public," he said.
The 37 year old from Natal, however, had no qualms over the authorities aggressively marketing the Twenty-20.
"You cannot go and say to people that this is the way the game is played and you have to watch it.
"It is selling a product. If this is a form of the game that the public enjoys, then why not play it."
SA SCHOOLS TEAM RETURNS HOME, TOO
A South African schools team that had been here for more than a week to play cricket matches against local outfits cut short their tour and returned home on Thursday.
The presence of the junior team, not affiliated to the South African cricket board (CSA) had been an embarrassment to the seniors cricket team who decided to pull out of the Unitech Cup tri-series citing security concerns.
South Africa's decision has come in for criticism in Sri Lanka.
"Right now there are (teams from) eight countries in Colombo who will be participating in the South Asian Games. There is also a South African schools team which will be playing a match today. Only the cricket team is worried," SLC chief executive Duleep Mendis had said.
The CSA had defended itself against the criticism by maintaining that they had no authority over the schools team.