Indian cricket gods descend at the Lord's
The Indian cricket team arrived at the Lord's on Tuesday for the practice session ahead of the first Test against England beginning from July 21.
The Indian cricket team arrived at the Lord's on Tuesday for their practice session ahead of the first Test against England beginning from July 21. (AFP images)
Coach Duncan Fletcher was the first to come out and began inspecting the pitch and the outfield immediately.
Having coached the England side, Fletcher is no stranger to the Lord's and the conditions in England in general.
He was joined by India skipper MS Dhoni as both looked like discussing strategies while continuing to take rounds of the ground in-between stretching, exercise and leisure sessions.
All eyes here though, were on Sachin Tendulkar. With frenzied talks and maddening expectations on the man to complete his 100th international ton, the master-blaster himself looked typically composed.
Some stretching exercises on his own before joining his team-mates was Tendulkar's itinerary of the day.
Harbhajan can bat but it looks like more Indian bowlers are trying to pick a thing or two about handling the willow. Sreesanth is seen here chatting with Tendulkar as the two walk towards the nets.
VVS Laxman pads up before facing some practice bowling during the net session here.
The pacers too looked ready to fire as Praveen Kumar gestures to his team-mates during the session.
Coming from a successful Test series against the West Indies, Ishant Sharma let his silent expressions show signs of positive confidence.
The third pacer in Zaheer Khan was seen going about his routine as well. He is expected to spear-head India's bowling after he was rested for the Caribbean tour.
There is a race being speculated between Suresh Raina and Yuvraj Singh to make it to the playing XI. Yuvraj is seen here interacting with coach Fletcher who himself has been a batsman during his playing days.