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Yuvraj attends practice, doubtful starter

Last updated on: January 4, 2010 18:36 IST

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Fit again after recovering from a finger injury, Yuvraj Singh sweated it out at the nets on Monday but the team management remained mum on whether the dashing left-hander would be available for India's ODI tri-series opener against Sri Lanka in Mirpur on Tuesday.

Yuvraj batted for quite a while at the Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium on Monday morning during a two-hour long optional practice session in Mirpur.

Yuvraj, who sat out of four One-dayers of the home series against Sri Lanka last month, faced direct throws from coach Gary Kirsten and did not have any apparent problems while wielding the willow.

He later bowled to Rohit Sharma but looked slightly guarded during the fielding practice.

The team's administrative manager Arshad Ayub refused to comment when asked whether the explosive batsman will be available for the ODI on Tuesday.

"I can't say anything," was all Ayub said when asked whether Yuvraj will play on Tuesday.


Image: Indian skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni is involved in fielding drills at a training session in Dhaka
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Meanwhile, pacer S Sreesanth has recovered from swine flu, which prevented him from participating in the ODI series against Sri Lanka, and was in full flow at the nets on Monday.

He bowled to Gautam Gambhir, Rohit Sharma and other Indian batsmen and also did some catching practice with mental conditioning coach Paddy Upton.

All through the session, he was in his usual jovial self.

Off-spinner Harbhajan Singh decided to stay put at the team hotel while dashing batsman Virender Sehwag didn't practice too much either.


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Other batsmen who had long batting sessions include Gautam Gambhir, comeback man Rohit Sharma and wicket-keeper batsman Dinesh Karthik.

Promising youngster Virat Kohli and spinner Amit Mishra did some catching practice with Upton.

In the absence of a bowling coach, senior pacer Zaheer Khan played the mentor's role to youngsters Ashok Dinda and Sudeep Tyagi.


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