Sachin Tendulkar's instructions to Umesh Yadav are clear - just bowl outside off-stump, short of a length. (AFP)
Canbeera: Sachin Tendulkar was somewhat pushy at India's net session on Wednesday. His instructions to Umesh Yadav were clear - just bowl outside off-stump, short of a length. And yet, young Umesh continued to either spray it around, or pitch it too full. Around this time, Tendulkar yelled at the fast bowler: "Arrey idhar daal yaar...idhar daal," (bowl it here friend) he said once, before reiterating the same in Marathi.
Tendulkar then drew a line with his bat at the area he intended to be bowled at. He certainly did enjoy the short-pitched stuff from Umesh, bringing out the upper cut - a shot he played a few times during last month's Wankhede Test. Visibly, the master batsman is very diligent about his preparation.
A little later, Tendulkar cried out to Ishant Sharma and Pragyan Ojha to run in to bowl one after another without a breather. A wave of electricity was felt as VVS Laxman walked past a heap of onlookers and media persons, his god-like status in Australia receiving more validation.
The veteran batsman though did not acknowledge the presence of the amused faces, getting straight to work at the nets. Laxman, who will attempt to create history by becoming only the second visiting batsman after Wally Hammond to score four consecutive hundreds at the Sydney Cricket Ground (SCG) early next year - a Test that will also mark the 100th of the venue, enjoyed quick throw-downs from newly recruited Raghavindra before moving on to face Ojha. A local journalist said, "Nobody demands more respect in this country than Laxman, mate. He's the king."
The Jack Fingleton scoreboard is a striking feature at the Manuka Oval. It was originally located at the Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG), dated to 1901; however, as the iconic venue installed a new electronic scoreboard at the ground in the early 1980s, the scoreboard was relocated to the Manuka Oval here. The scoreboard was named after Jack Fingleton, who had died at the time of installation at Manuka.
Fingleton was an Australian opening batsman as well as a political correspondent in Canberra and prolific author. He was famously acknowledged as the 'man who stood up to Bradman'. And ironically, the Bradman Pavilion is located bang outside the Fingleton scoreboard here.