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Tendulkar's son bowls to Indian batsmen in nets at Lord's

July 20, 2011 - London

Arjun Tendulkar, the son of Sachin Tendulkar, practiced at the Lord's cricket ground along with Indian cricketers ahead of the first of four Tests between India and England.

The 12-year-old was confident as he bowled to middle-order batsman Suresh Raina during a net-practice session in the presence of his father.

Media reports suggest that the little maestro would accompany his father during most of the sessions of the Lord's Test.

Sachin Tendulkar needs just one more century for his 100th international hundred. He has 51 tons in Test cricket 48 in one-day internationals. He has never made a ton at Lord's.

Lord's will provide a fitting backdrop for the 2000th Test in history and the 100th between the two teams. England is seeking to challenge India's position as the top-ranked Test side.

Notorious slow-starters in Tests, India are coming off the back of a lacklustre display against Somerset in Taunton.

However, Dravid advised people not to read too much into that performance.

The clash between the two sides sees one of the world's best batting line-ups meeting an England bowling attack that has performed well recently.

The presence of India's new coach Duncan Fletcher also adds spice to the contest, with the Zimbabwean overseeing England's rise to number two in the rankings before his departure from the post in 2007. By Praful Kumar Singh


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