WT20: India keen to beat England today
Only Ashwin, Aaron miss optional training ahead of India's warm-up game vs England in the ICC World Twenty20 Championships in Bangladesh
Mirpur: The Indian team which play England in its second and final practice game today was out in full force during training yesterday, although it was an optional session.
India players celebrate the wicket of Kusal Perera during the warm-up match against Sri Lanka in Dhaka on Monday. Pic/AFP
Only off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin and paceman Varun Aaron chose to rest. MS Dhoni's men practiced at Fatullah which is a good 75 minutes drive from the team hotel.
The skipper spent a lot of time in the nets, but it was bowling coach Joe Dawes who caught everyone's eye, focusing his energy on pacemen Mohammad Shami and Bhuvneshwar Kumar.
Dhoni chose to swing his arms and leg spinner Amit Mishra was at the receiving end. He was hit all over the park and the captain's disdain probably explained why he is reluctant to include the bowler in the playing XI.
The legendary Sunil Gavaskar had questioned the team's work ethics recently and his criticism seems to be doing the trick as the team which is going through an extended lean patch looks determined to return home with some laurels from the tournament.
Meanwhile, today's game against England will be crucial in the sense that it will help the team management figure out it's XI which will take on Pakistan on Friday. The openers Shikhar Dhawan and Rohit Sharma will be under greater scrutiny along with Ajinkya Rahane.