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Rahul Dravid leads India against CA Chairman's XI at the Manuka Oval

To everyone's surprise, Rahul Dravid led India against CA Chairman's XI in the absence of Dhoni, Sehwag and Gambhir

With Mahendra Singh Dhoni, Virender Sehwag and Gautam Gambhir opting out of yesterday's first warm-up tie against CA Chairman's XI, there was some doubt as to who would captain India. To the surprise of many, it was Rahul Dravid walking out for the toss. Dravid had delivered a powerful lecture the other day that left the cricketing universe abuzz.  Dravid was rarely seen talking to bowlers or ringing in field changes. On a relaxed day, he was seen enjoying the company of Sachin Tendulkar and VVS Laxman in the slip cordon, sharing a joke or two with his fellow stalwarts.


The three musketeers: Rahul Dravid, Sachin Tendulkar and VVS
Laxman fielding in the slips yesterday. Pic/Getty Images


Territory revisited!
SACHIN Tendulkar, who typically fields at mid-on or sweeper cover, was seen occupying first slip for the entire first session yesterday. The last time Tendulkar was seen at the position was perhaps during India's tour of England in 2007. Guess who was the captain then? The same man who led India in the ongoing first practice match against CA Chairman's XI - Rahul Dravid. Later in the day, Tendulkar took an easy catch at deep mid-wicket to remove opener Wes Robinson.


Rohit Sharma

Wanted: Rohit, the bowler...
AN entertaining conversation ensued during the final session here yesterday. A father yelled out to Rohit Sharma, fielding at deep extra cover, next to the Jack Fingleton scorecard: 'Hey Rohit, my son here wants you to bowl at him in the nets. He doesn't want to face Ishant (Sharma) or anyone else.' Rohit burst into laughter and shot back: 'Ya...ya... no problem. Please come to the nets. I'd be glad to bowl to him.'


The team list shows Dravid as skipper of the Indian side. Pic/Sai Mohan

This chat was triggered after Rohit had completed eight overs of gentle off-spin. It was actually difficult to comprehend if they were mocking him, or were serious. One way or another, Rohit doesn't entertain wise cracks. If this had occurred two years ago, it could have ended bitterly!

Rahane, who?
YOUNG India batsman Ajinkya Rahane is no superstar. Not yet, at least. A bunch of hecklers close to the boundary rope asked him for autographs yesterday, but not before confusing him with Wriddhiman Saha. In fact, the conversation went something like this: 'Hey, autograph milega kya... Aren't you Saha... or which Sharma are you? Rohit, Ishant or which one...' Rahane though remained unperturbed and carried on fielding without getting hassled, displaying heaps of maturity.

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