Champions Trophy: 'Extra' batting for Raina, as Team India turns optional practice to full-fledged session

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updated: June 18, 2013 23:07 IST
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Cardiff, UK: The Indians are getting really serious as the ICC Champions Trophy enters its home stretch. For the first time in the tournament on Tuesday, unbeaten India decided to train outdoors, two full days before their semifinal against Sri Lanka here. (Loss to India in warm-up is behind us: Mahela)

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So far in the competition, the Indians have trained outdoors only a day ahead of their games. The players has generally confined themselves to their hotel rooms and remained elusive to fans and the Press. But Tuesday afternoon saw a definite shift in approach and attitude. What was supposed to be optional training became a full-fledged session, complete with at least five nets bowlers from the Glamorgan County club. (Dhoni urges high-flying mates to stay grounded)

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