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 The best in the business prepare quietly for tougher battles and Mahendra Singh Dhoni is no exception as he went through a rigorous net session at the National Cricket Academy (NCA), far from public gaze, ahead of England tour.

Legends at the business end of their careers prepare and follow a customised blue-print to increase their longevity.

Sachin Tendulkar during his last few years in international cricket would train all by himself at the Bandra Kurla Complex in Mumbai and Dhoni's training session at NCA on Monday looked similar.

He faced hundreds of deliveries with 70 percent being throw-downs.

Dhoni, who took the YoYo test on June 15 with other limited overs specialists, had stayed back and perhaps waited for the hullabaloo around the team to die down before taking the field.

On what would have been the fifth day of the Afghanistan Test match (had it not finished in two days), Dhoni walked inside the National Cricket Academy nets team's throw-down expert Raghu and speedster Shardul Thakur in tow.

The next two and half hours was an intense session with Dhoni facing Raghu's customary throw-downs from 18 yards and Thakur's deliveries in between.

It was two hours at a stretch and after a short break, he again resumed batting and this time Siddarth Kaul also joined the session.

There wasn't too many people around to watch and experience a Dhoni net session.

Raghu started with usual length deliveries as he warmed up with usual knocking.

Slowly the pace increased and the veteran was peppered with short balls which reared from back of the length. He gingerly defended a few, confidently brought a few down and even swayed out of the line in case of a few.

However, the moment there was some width, Dhoni would slash it over point.

He would call up Shardul and ask him about his imaginary field placings. Shardul would be seen pointing at imaginary field positions like mid-wicket, extra cover and deep fine leg. Dhoni would play shots accordingly.

After every few deliveries, he had words of advice for Shardul, who listened intently. 

The reflexes are certainly not the same as it used to be. There were a lot of play and miss deliveries but when he middled it, it did make a beautiful sound.

Once the session was over, he found out a couple of scribes watching his session
"Bhanak lag gaya (So you got the whiff that I am here)," he smiled at one of them as he disappeared inside the confines of NCA dressing room.
Watching an enjoyable training session came to an end.

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10 hours ago, Number said:

England vs India

England batting first 378/7 50 overs.

India innings - Dhoni 36(45) not out.

Kohli 189*(120)

Dhoni 36*(45)

 

INDIA WIN THE MATCH BY 5 WICKETS:yess: Credits to Dhoni for playing his anchor role @velu

 

 

COMS : That's exactly what the doctor ordered, Dhoni Knew how to play in this situation instead of personal milestones like that midget from the past. 

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2 hours ago, Rasgulla said:

Kohli 189*(120)

Dhoni 36*(45)

 

INDIA WIN THE MATCH BY 5 WICKETS:yess: Credits to Dhoni for playing his anchor role @velu

 

 

COMS : That's exactly what the doctor ordered, Dhoni Knew how to play in this situation instead of personal milestones like that midget from the past. 

Then Rasgulla wakes up.

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9 minutes ago, Jimmy Cliff said:

Tbf Dhoni crawling at a SR of 80 hanging on to his not out for dear life while Kohli does all the heavy lifting seems pretty realistic.

 

problem with the teenage guys are that they expect they see only scorecard and SR and not the situation :p:

 

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The reflexes are certainly not the same as it used to be. There were a lot of play and miss deliveries but when he middled it, it did make a beautiful sound.

 

 

 

So basically the likes of thisara perera need to stay away. Everyone else can fight each other to have a go at consolidating thaliava.

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45 minutes ago, Laaloo said:

The reflexes are certainly not the same as it used to be. There were a lot of play and miss deliveries but when he middled it, it did make a beautiful sound.

 

 

 

So basically the likes of thisara perera need to stay away. Everyone else can fight each other to have a go at consolidating thaliava.

 

point to be noted here is lots of play and miss .. 

No edges :biggrin:

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On 6/22/2018 at 10:12 PM, Rasgulla said:

That's right, we saw what your midget did in 2003 and 2011 finals

 

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18 hours ago, Number said:

Yes and India was given default entry in finals becuase of captain Dhongi's goat sacrifice ritual.  

@Rasgulla @Number

 

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