Monkey chase for Team India

A langur jumped into the game and the cricketers preparing for the series with Pakistan had to run for cover on Saturday at Eden gardens in Kolkata.

updated: November 05, 2007 14:45 IST
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Ahead of the crucial ODI series against arch rival Pakistan, some monkey business for the men in blue.

Sweating it out at the Eden Gardens during the conditioning camp in Kolkata, Team India's practice session came to an abrupt halt on Saturday when a langur jumped into the field and sent cricketers running for cover.

The Rapid Action Force rushed in to shoo away this surprise cricket fan and it was only then that Dhoni and his boys could get back to practice.

After seeing off this unexpected visitor, the team made the most of the wet weather and soggy field conditions, which they can expect in Guwahati on Monday.

"There were a lot of positives which we had, I think those positives we have to take through, specially the last two games in Mumbai," said Lalchand Rajput, Manager, Team India.

"I think we played as a team. From the last ODI, from the stage we won, it really puts the moral high of the team. That momentum we are going to just take forward for this series, he added.

Pakistan played a practice match against Delhi on Friday. But India has opted for nets and strategizing as they look to continue their winning streak.

"I am concentrating more on my bowling, I don't know what their strategy is, but we will focus on our strong points and our strong basis R P Singh, player, Indian Cricket Team

He added that after practising in front of cricket fans of all kinds, the Indian team was off. They will be back in Kolkata later this month for the second Test match.