<div class="img-caption-wrap "> <img alt="India, sans Yuvraj SIngh, undergo intense training before final ODI against Pakistan at Delhi" src="https://st2.cricketcountry.com/wp-content/uploads/cricket/image_20130105182658.jpg" title="India, sans Yuvraj SIngh, undergo intense training before final ODI against Pakistan at Delhi" /> <p class="imgcaptionnew" style="width:618px;"> The Indian team had a three-hour long training session at the Feroze Shah Kotla © PTI</p> </div> <strong>New Delhi: Jan 5, 2013</strong><br /> <br /> With only pride at stake after losing the three-match ODI series against <a href="/tags/Pakistan/post" target="_blank">Pakistan</a>, the Indian team underwent a rigorous training session here today ahead of the final match tomorrow with the spotlight on some under-performing players, including opener <a href="/tags/Virender-Sehwag/post" target="_blank">Virender Sehwag</a>.<br /> <br /> The full Indian squad, sans middle order batsman <a href="/tags/Yuvraj-Singh/post" target="_blank">Yuvraj Singh</a>, had a three-hour long training session under coach <a href="/tags/Duncan-Fletcher/post" target="_blank">Duncan Fletcher</a> at the Feroze Shah Kotla with under-fire opening duo of Sehwag and <a href="/tags/Gautam-Gambhir/post" target="_blank">Gautam Gambhir</a> having extended batting sessions.<br /> <br /> Yuvraj was conspicuous by his absence in the practice session.<br /> <br /> With the dense fog and bone-numbingly chill weather prevailing in the Capital, the Indian players arrived at the Kotla around 11:45 am. As soon as they came out at the ground, the sun smiled on them bringing a sense of relief to the players.<br /> <br /> There was the customary game of football as some moved gingerly while others showed their ball-control skills. The short session set the stage for a gruelling fielding session followed by the nets.<br /> <br /> The fielding session saw players having throw downs and slip catching practice in two batches, one led by coach Duncan Fletcher and other by fielding coach Trevor Penny.<br /> <br /> While Sehwag, <a href="/tags/Rohit-Sharma/post" target="_blank">Rohit Sharma</a>, Ajinkya Rahane, <a href="/tags/Ravindra-Jadeja/post" target="_blank">Ravindra Jadeja</a>, Ashok Dinda and Dhoni were Penny's batch, the other group comprising Suresh Raina, Ajinkya Rahane, <a href="/tags/Virat-Kohli/post" target="_blank">Virat Kohli</a>, Gautam Gambhir, Ishant Sharma and <a href="/tags/Bhuvneshwar-Kumar/post" target="_blank">Bhuvneshwar Kumar</a> was closely observed by Fletcher as he was seen egging on the players to be accurate with their throws.<br /> <br /> After the warm-up session, the batsmen hit the nets with renewed vigour and punished the local DDCA bowlers with their impressive shot selection.<br /> <br /> The batsmen batted in pairs — Sehwag and Gambhir, Kohli and Rohit Sharma, Raina and Jadeja — with the Delhi opening duo, who face the net bowlers first, came back again after a half-an-hour stint.<br /> <br /> Sehwag and Gambhir faced the local DDCA bowlers who bowled with accurate line and length. While Sehwag seemed to be in a defensive mode while also sharpening his reflexes, Gambhir looked more aggressive and sometimes took to the aerial route.<br /> <br /> Sehwag was beaten a few times but he generally looked at ease against the pacers.<br /> <br /> Few minutes later, Jadeja, Raina and Ajinkya Rahane joined Sehwag and Gambhir at the other sides of the nets and faced the local spinners.<br /> <br /> After some time, vice-captain Virat Kohli and Rohit Sharma took over as they focussed on running between the wickets while facing Bhuvneshwar Kumar.<br /> <br /> Sehwag and Gambhir came back later for their second round of batting and faced Ishant and R Ashwin respectively. The opening pair, who have come under severe criticism for not giving a good start for some time now, batted with positive intent as they put on show their full repertoire of strokes.<br /> <br /> While Fletcher closely observed Sehwag, Penny took the onus to test Gambhir's concentration level.<br /> <br /> Meanwhile, Dhoni was seen involving in a serious discussion with Fletcher. They chatted close to 20-25 minutes before the Indian skipper padded up for his batting turn.<br /> <br /> The three India 'A' squad members who were called at the nets — Ishwar Pandey, Mohit Sharma and <a href="/tags/Pervez-Rassol/post" target="_blank">Pervez Rassol</a> — tested the Indian batsmen with their pace and spin.<br /> <br /> While Madhya Pradesh pacer Pandey and Jammu and Kashmir right-arm spinner Rasool tested Kohli with swing and flight respectively, Mohit Sharma first bowled to Raina and then to Dhoni. Bengal paceman Shami Ahmed also bowled at the nets.<br /> <br /> Rasool was particularly impressive while bowling to Dhoni at the end of the session as the Indian captain was beaten a few times. Dhoni also faced pacers Bhuvneshwar, Pandey and Ahmed.