Sachin Tendulkar, who aggravated a “sore muscle” in the abdomen while scoring 163 in the third one-dayer in Christchurch on Sunday, might be rested for the fourth ODI as a measure of caution even though a scan revealed that he had not suffered a tear.
Tendulkar went to a Christchurch hospital on Monday morning for a scan, and while the team management was reluctant to make the results of the scan public, it is learnt that the injury isn’t as bad as was feared.
Even so, the team management might rest Tendulkar for the fourth ODI with an eye on the Test series. Tendulkar, who is in good form, having scored a half-century and a century in successive matches, will understandably be keen to play. However, he is being monitored carefully with a rehabilitation plan being set out for him. The team will practice at Seddon Park in Hamilton in the afternoon, after reaching on Tuesday morning via Auckland. It is also learnt that the team management has applied for a Therapeutic Use Exemption (TUE) certificate from the International Cricket Council in the course of the treatment of Ishant Sharma’s shoulder injury. A TUE is sought when a player needs a drug that is on the list of substances banned by WADA, usually steroids. The board successfully obtained a TUE for Harbhajan Singh in October last when he was administered Depo Medrol, a steroid that gives instant relief to joint inflammations. While sources confirmed that the BCCI had applied for a TUE in Ishant’s case, team officials declined to provide information on what drug they were seeking to administer.
This is just the latest episode in a series of incidents where the travelling party refuses to disseminate information regarding player injuries.
Team manager Niranjan Shah, when accessible, has not yielded any information while Nitin Patel, the team doctor, is under instructions not to communicate directly with the media. The travelling party has repeatedly fended off queries on fitness issues with the line, “the BCCI will send you a press release,” something which is yet to materialise.