Monday was the first nets for Sachin Tendulkar with Team India since his shoulder surgery in March this year. He was at ease while facing the likes of Pathan, Kartik, Balaji and others from the NCA under-19 batch under training here.
Tendulkar had a knock on a cement pitch adjacent to the practice nets on the KSCA 'B' ground with bowlers delivering from half-pitch. Thereafter, it was routine stuff at full pitch, driving with gay abandon, pulling and cutting and all the other strokes including the sweep shot.
Ian Frazer said he has been working with Tendulkar on a day-to-day basis on the biomechanics part of his batting. "He is no different from other batsmen. Anybody returning from injury will be dealt with carefully," said Frazer.
Tendulkar, it must be understood, had no problems with batting even while his shoulder was injured. It was the pain while throwing that forced him to go under the knife. Monday being the first day of the skills camp, Tendulkar did not push himself at throwing hard during the fielding drills in the afternoon.
Chairman of selectors Kiran More put to rest the speculation on the number of probables to be named for the October-November ICC Champions Trophy in India. There was conjecture that the selectors would not name 30 probables but only 22 for the event, which also makes sense. "We have not finalised the number of probables yet," More said in Bangalore on Monday. "It is for the captain, the coach and the rest of the selectors to decide when we meet here on Wednesday."
The ICC has given all participating countries a deadline of August 8 (Tuesday) to name a maximum of 30 probables for the biennial event (though India have permission to give their squad a day later).
Opportunity for the young
Former India off-spinner Arshad Ayub jokingly remarked that the Indian team had "come and disturbed the NCA under-19 training session."
But jokes apart, Ayub, who is the bowling coach at the NCA where the under-19 batch is currently in session until the 26th of this month, said he was happy for his boys to be bowling at the leading India cricketers. "It is an opportunity to bowl to players of a higher level and that will do the youngsters a world of good."
The Indian team's masseur Ramesh Mane landed in Bangalore for the second phase of the camp leaving his passport behind in Mumbai. However, there was a smile on Mane's face when he said at the end of the team's work out at the nets on the first day of the camp, "I have been told that my passport has reached the hotel reception."