India, West Indies sweat it out
The two teams hit the ground and began their training in earnest. A look at how the two teams prepared ahead of the opening Test at Delhi's Feoze Shah Kotla. (AFP images)
Sachin Tendulkar was seen at the grounds as he stretched before his net session. The batsman makes his return to the national side after a toe-injury halted his tour to England and kept him out of the subsequent tournaments.
The master-blaster, who gets another shot at completing his 100th international tons, soon got down to what he does best.
Pacer Umesh Yadav is seen here getting warmed up. He gets another chance to build on his performance and will look to trouble the opposition.
Skipper MS Dhoni (L) is seen here inspecting the pitch. It was expected that he might be rested for the opening Test but will be seen leading the hosts once again at Kotla.
The West Indies team was also out in full force. The team looked determined to get their strategies right.
The visitors come from a successful tour of Bangladesh but coach Ottis Gibson has already said that India is a whole new frontier for his team.
Skipper Darren Sammy will have a lot on his mind, especially as India drubbed England in the recently concluded ODI series.
There is no shortage of talent though, in the West Indies side. The likes of Darren Bravo (in pic), Ravi Rampual, Fidel Edwards, Marlon Samuels and Kemar Roach can combine to haunt the opposition.
The team, like India, has a good blend of experience and young talent.
The team though does not get much credit against stronger opponents like India - all the more reason for players to rise to the occasion and play to win. An early sign of the determination was visible while training.