Bangalore: With the tough Australian challenge just days away, Team India began their three-day training camp, here, on Saturday.
The Indians had two hectic practice sessions, with senior batsman Sachin Tendulkar 'returning' to the team after his retirement from ODI cricket.
Tendulkar batted for two hours and 15 minutes in two separate sessions, one in the morning and another in afternoon, lasting almost five-and-a-half hours in total.
In the morning session, The Master batted along with Virat Kohli for 45 minutes on the centre pitch, at the Chinnaswamy, facing Ashok Dinda, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Pragyan Ojha and Ravichandran Ashwin.
In the second session, Tendulkar batted on the centre pitch for about 20 minutes. Tendulkar also rolled his arms against 'batsman' Harbhajan Singh, who enjoyed the session, lifting the bowlers out of the park a couple of times and even broke a windowpane in the process.
According to a website, some of the Indian players were using a new mask, which simulates high-altitude training by reducing the oxygen supply. It also helps condition the lungs and builds endurance.
Inerestingly, Virender Sehwag was seen wearing prescription glasses. However, when he batted in the middle, he didn't wear them. Later, at the net session, he had a knock with the glasses on. It remains to be seen whether he would use the glasses during the Test series.
Meanwhile, a minor fire broke out at the Chinnaswamy on Saturday morning. The incident did not disrupt the practice session though.