Indian cricket team given football lessons

Sunday, December 23 2007 @ 04:55 pm ACDT

Contributed by: Ash Nugent

The Indian cricket team, renowned for their crowd-pulling power at home (players enjoy superstar status), and for being the highest paid national team of any sport - in terms of sponsorship, is currently in Melbourne preparing for the Boxing Day Test.

They were scheduled to play the Bushrangers (Victoria's side in the Australian domestic competition) in preparation for their hit-out against Australia later this week, but poor weather led to play being suspended on the first two days and the Indian players instead given Australian football lessons. Melbourne newspaper, the Herald Sun featured Rudra Pratap Singh and Mahendra Singh Dhoni on its back page on Saturday, both marking footballs. This followed a picture of Melbourne football club captain David Neitz with Sachin Tendulkar, who is wearing a Melbourne jumper, the day before.

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