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I'm not 17 any more: Tendulkar

Recuperating Sachin said it would take him another 3-4 weeks to be '100% fit' after which he would let his bat do the talking.

india Updated: Jun 06, 2006 14:47 IST

Sachin Tendulkar is targeting the one-day tri-series in Sri Lanka in August for his comeback, which he believes would silence the critics who have begun to write his cricketing obituary.

Tendulkar said it would take him another 3-4 weeks to be completely fit after which he would let his bat do the talking.

"It's been a couple of months since the surgery and the strength levels are reasonably back," he said.

"I wouldn't say that I am totally happy with it, and neither of the doctors are totally happy with the strength levels, but I have regained a fair amount of the strength and it should take another three or four weeks for me to be 100 per cent," he added.

Tendulkar said he might remain in UK for at least another month before returning to action.

"Nothing is planned as of now. I just want to get fit and not be under pressure to be fit before any specific date. I will look to play some exhibition games and probably now is the time to start looking around for the people who organise those.

"It's going to be hard work because I am not 17 any more. The recovery does take longer than when you are younger... but I am not that old either," he told Sky Sports in an interview at Lord's.

"It is important that I don't try to get back in action earlier than my schedule. It wouldn't be advisable and could lead to some other injury - that's what the doctors have told me."