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Tendulkar surprises by batting left-handed

Bangalore: Senior India batsman Sachin Tendulkar on Wednesday surprised everyone when he opted to bat left handed during the team`s practice session at the M Chinnaswamy stadium here.

Indian cricket team, which has been camping here for their crucial Group `B` league match against England on Sunday, had a rigorous batting session at the National Cricket Academy before shifting to the stadium.

Tendulkar grabbed everyone`s attention by choosing to bat left-handed with a few of his teammates and local bowlers bowling at him.

He also did not wear gloves, while all other batsmen, who faced two deliveries each, wore their cricketing gears.

Tendulkar sent the very first delivery he faced over the ropes before stepping out to hoist another six sixes, missing only one out of eight deliveries.

Besides the rigorous batting session, the team also went through a brief 10-minute catching practice session.

Today, for the second consecutive day, Virender Sehwag did not join the team for the training session while off-spinner Harbhajan Singh also skipped practice today.

Pacers Zaheer Khan and Ashish Nehra had light training session at the NCA gymnasium to strengthen their backs.

Like yesterday, Kirsten spent more time with youngsters such as Suresh Raina, Yuvraj Singh, Virat Kohli and Yusuf Pathan.

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