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IPL Staff in Mohali 11 April 2012 - 06:58pm IST

KXIP prepare for confident PWI

Gilly and co. take to the nets before first home game of IPL 2012

Kings XI Punjab were without two of their stars, Praveen Kumar and David Hussey at their optional training session. However, they had a new addition to their team – skipper Adam Gilchrists’s son Harrison, who bowled and batted in the nets at the Punjab Cricket Association Stadium here.

Gilly junior bowled to Shaun Marsh and had his own mini training session playing different ball games like football, while his father did some boxing after having a go in the nets with the bat and the gloves. If it skipper hadn’t said so in the press conference, one wouldn’t have known that the practice was optional going by the systematic hard work put in by the team members.

Paul Valthaty practiced batting with coach Vikram Rathore, who sent down the balls at him through a bowling machine. Meanwhile, another Mumbai cricketer, Abhishek Nayar worked on his bowling with coach Joe Dawes in the adjacent nets, as did Harmeet Singh. Paras Dogra and Gurkeerat Mann Singh were amongst the others who ensured that they had a session with the bat under the late-afternoon sun.

In their first home game of IPL 2012, the Kings XI Punjab will play against the Pune Warriors India. They will hope to draw confidence from their good record at home during the previous season.

Meanwhile, the visitors, who are riding high on their success after winning both their games so far, kick started their training with a friendly game of football before breaking up for fielding, batting and bowling practice. Led by one of India’s most successful skippers, Sourav Ganguly, PWI will look to beat the home team on April 12 to add to their winning momentum.

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