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No nets, only gym and food

The Indian team, though, could not concentrate on the cricket on Saturday — rain washed out the optional practice session once again,

cricket Updated: Jul 01, 2007 02:08 IST
Rohit Mahajan
Rohit Mahajan
Hindustan Times

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.

First Published: Jul 01, 2007 02:05 IST