Indian team begins practice for World Cup

February 9th, 2011 - 7:57 pm ICT by IANS  

Bangalore, Feb 9 (IANS) The Indian cricket team started its practice and exercise regimen here Wednesday, nine days ahead of the opening match against co-hosts Bangladesh in the 2011 World Cup.The Mahendra Singh Dhoni-led men, popularly known as Men-in-Blues going by the colour of their uniform, surprised the eager fans waiting for a glimpse of the team by turning out in red T-shirts for the practice at the National Cricket Academy (NCA) facility.

The team will have its first warm-up match against Australia here Feb 13.

Besides the main Chinnaswamy Stadium, the NCA has ground with 18 turf and three cement practice wickets, six centre wickets, indoor facility with three synthetic wickets, four bowling machines, state-of-the-art gymnasium, a lecture hall and physiotherapy clinic.

The team members arrived here in batches Tuesday and early Wednesday, ending nearly a three-week break from the game after their long tour of South Africa.

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