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Sachin practises with cricket ball

The master had his first net session in the presence of the team support staff.

india Updated: May 10, 2006 19:24 IST

Sachin Tendulkar, currently undergoing a rehabilation programme following a shoulder surgery, had his first net session with a cricket ball in the presence of the Indian team support staff on Wednesday.

The support staff has expressed satisfaction with his recovery.

Tendulkar batted at the nets for 25 minutes with a cricket ball at the Bandra Kurla Complex ground of Mumbai Cricket Association in the presence of biomechanist Ian Fraser and trainer Gregory King.

The master batsman, who underwent a shoulder surgery in London in March this year and opted out of the ODI series in West Indies, first batted for five minutes and then after a break continued for another 20 minutes with the ball thrown at him.

This was Tendulkar's second successive day of practice session after he started light workout on Tuesday with tennis balls at the same ground under the watchful eyes of coach Greg Chappell and physiotherapist John Gloster.

"Sachin underwent his first batting session yesterday since his shoulder operation in late march. Both Sachin and John Gloster were very happy with the outcome of his first outing, bat in hand," BCCI Secretary Niranjan Shah, said.