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Second batch undergoes fitness review, Sachin skips

Sachin Tendulkar skipped the second leg of the fitness review carried out on India cricketers from West and South zones in Mumbai, reports HT Correspondent.

cricket Updated: Aug 12, 2009 01:17 IST
HT Correspondent

Sachin Tendulkar skipped the second leg of the fitness review carried out on India cricketers from West and South zones in Mumbai on Tuesday.

Eight players - Yuvraj Singh, who is a resident of Mumbai, Rohit Sharma, Abhishek Nayar, S Badrinath, Pragyan Ojha, Yusuf Pathan, Ravindra Jadeja and Dinesh Karthik - were part of the review at the Mumbai Cricket Association's indoor academy at the Bandra-Kurla Complex.

The tests, done by trainer Ramji Srinivasan and under the supervision of coach Gary Kirsten, physical and mental conditioning coach Paddy Upton and physio Nitin Patel, were conducted away from the media glare.

"Sachin was not available today," said Kirsten. "We only got the squad that was in the West Indies. Not everyone was available at such a short notice."

Upton told the Hindustan Times that Tendulkar's fitness will be reviewed along with the Mumbai Indians squad on Wednesday, and the report forwarded to the BCCI.

"It's been a good two days with the purpose to meet up with the guys who have been having time off," Kirsten said of the fitness reviews in New Delhi and Mumbai. "It was decided in the West Indies that we'd get together and this is the beginning of a process that we will need to work on. The guys responded very well and are in pretty good condition."

Kirsten said that some players had 'a fair amount of niggles after the West Indies tour' and that everyone was doing pretty well now. The South African said that Virender Sehwag, rehabilitating for an operated right shoulder, would undergo a fitness test at the National Cricket Academy in Bangalore 'in a few days'.

"We are happy with the way he is shaping up," Kirsten added.

Kirsten said he had no problems with players participating in the Corporate Trophy (September 1-8) in between a camp in Bangalore and the tour of Sri Lanka in the second week of September.

"The Corporate Trophy is part of the schedule and the camp is in Bangalore end of this month. I am sure the camp and the Corporate Trophy will fit into the schedule without problems," he said.