India’s Test experts, including senior pacer Ishant Sharma, worked hard in the nets on the second day of the short camp on Tuesday to prepare for the upcoming Test series against New Zealand. Hosts India will take on New Zealand in a two-match series starting November 25 in Kanpur. The second Test will be played from December 3 at the prestigious Wankhede Stadium. While the focus was on skipper Ajinkya Rahane on day one, it was Ishant and comeback Jayant Yadav who bowled in the nets for a long time on Tuesday.
The Delhi pacer, who has played 104 Test matches, bowled in both the morning and afternoon sessions to sharpen his skills.
Jayant Yadav, who returned to the Test team after a long time, also wanted to get into the groove while bowling his off-spin at the Mumbai Cricket Association’s (MCA) Bandra Kurla facility.
Rahane, who was named captain in the absence of the rested Virat Kohli, and Cheteshwar Pujara, his deputy for the first Test, batted for a long session in one of the two nets placed in the middle of the field.
Pujara, who also had a brief rehearsal on Monday, played a range of shots and took on the local bowlers with enthusiasm as he batted in the morning and afternoon sessions.
Young Shubman Gill also played his shots in the first net set up at the MCA facility, whose ground in-charge is MCA Apex Council member Nadeem Memon.
Wicketkeepers Wriddhiman Saha and KS Bharat also practiced regularly, while pacer Umesh Yadav bowled briefly in the morning.
Meanwhile, Tamil Nadu all-rounder Washington Sundar, who is recovering from injury, was also seen at the camp and did his practice.
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