Abu Dhabi: The Mumbai Indians (MI) players were buoyed by the presence of Sachin Tendulkar, who joined the team's training session here on Tuesday as the high-profile franchise starts its Indian Premier League title defence against Kolkata Knight Riders on Wednesday. The MI players were overjoyed as Tendulkar, who reached here late Monday night, came in the team's practise outfit at the Sheikh Zayed Stadium in Abu Dhabi.
Having retired from all forms of the game after the Test series against West Indies ended on November 16 last year, Tendulkar seemed to be itching to have a hit in the nets. Mumbai Indians named Tendulkar as their "icon" recently and he will also do his bit to promote the franchise's cause of "Education for All".
The legend padded up and had a half-an hour session at the nets. He also did his customary knocking facing throwdowns from a member of the support staff. "It was a lesson for the youngsters in the manner Sachin went about his drills. If someone thought that he wanted to hit a few balls for fun, they were mistaken. His drills were just like it used to be before a match," an MI source told PTI on Tuesday. (Also read: Jonty Rhodes impressed by outstanding fielding efforts)