Yuvraj Singh and Zaheer Khan, two out-of-favour veterans of Indian cricket, are back home after a six-week training camp at Brive la Gaillarde, France.
Zaheer, 34, hasn't played for India since a poor Test series at home against England and has had injuries of the calf muscle. Yuvraj, 31, like Zaheer, was dropped after his under-par performances in home series against England and Pakistan last winter.
The duo spent time in France trying to return to shape, build strength and increase endurance levels.
They trained under the eye of high performance physical trainer Tim Exeter who has worked with rugby players from the UK and New Zealand.
“Finally 6 weeks of hardcore training has come to an end! I hope in time it's done a world of good to us!," Yuvraj tweeted on Friday.
Yuvraj had a poor run at the IPL with the Pune Warriors. He made 238 runs at a shade under 20 in the 13 innings he had played.
Zaheer took part in just two IPL games towards the end of the tournament. Earlier, his attempts at coming back to the Indian team were thwarted when he suffered a calf injury in the Ranji Trophy.
The duo that made a triumphant arrival to international cricket in 2000 and led the way in India’s 2011 World Cup win now faces the unenviable task of fighting for their place in the team with rookies.
India will defend their title in 2015 in Australia and it remains to be seen if these two veterans would be still relevant to MS Dhoni’s plans two years from now.