Senior duo Virender Sehwag and Gautam Gambhir looked disappointed at the Practice nets for Ranji Trophy, which starts on December 7th, after not been included in 30 men probable squad for the World Cup, 2015.

With the Ranji Trophy for season 2014-15 ready to get kick start, the senior opening players representing Delhi team in the tournament, took part in the practice session at Roshanara Club ground the day after the BCCI announced its probable squad.

While all the team members attended the session in whites, Sehwag and Gambhir turned out in colorful track suits and looked with deadpan expression faces.

In the nets, Sehwag faced Sumeet Narwal and young Navdeep Saini, who troubled him with seam movement. Sehwag was in a mood to hit everything without looking at the ball as he failed to connect most of them properly. However, his last shot was an inside-out lofted shot over covers, which broke the window pane of the private club’s library.

Once he finished up with his batting, Sehwag did some slip catching practice. His batting position will be the “middle-order” according to his captain, Gautam Gambhir.

Gambhir, however, hardly participated in practice but talked to a group of reporters with a restriction over questions about World Cup. He expected the tracks at home games for the Ranji season to be seamer friendly.

I know it’s better to play on batting friendly tracks (Feroz Shah Kotla) but what’s the use of scoring 800 runs if your team doesn’t qualify for knock-outs. Batsmen can set up matches but it’s the bowlers who will have to take 20 wickets to win matches. The Roshanara strip gives me an option to play five specialist bowlers,” said Gambhir in reference to Delhi’s opening Ranji Trophy encounter against Saurashtra, starting this Sunday.

Gambhir, speaking about Ranji preparations, said that they are looking to give juniors a secure dressing room environment.

There are a lot of juniors in the side and my aim as a captain would be to give them a secure dressing room environment. Whether you are playing junior cricket or Ranji Trophy, a secured dressing room environment is key to a team’s success,” said the Delhi captain.

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