Sachin Tendulkar has another injury — this time in the hamstring. The ace Indian batsman will miss Mumbai's Ranji Trophy Super League Group B tie against Maharashtra, starting in Nasik on Wednesday.
Mumbai Cricket Association (MCA) secretary Lalchand Rajput confirmed that Tendulkar's unavailability was due to the injury. "Sachin told me that he has a hamstring problem, so he won't be able to play against Maharashtra," Rajput told the Hindustan Times.
Confirming Tendulkar's injury, Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) secretary Niranjan Shah said: “Tendulkar suffered the injury during India's third Test against South Africa. He had to take injections during the Test.”
Tendulkar, who last played a match for Mumbai six years ago, could have played a crucial role in helping Mumbai qualify for the semifinals.
Zaheer unavailable too
Mumbai suffered another setback as Zaheer Khan pulled out of the match citing personal reasons. "Zaheer said he has informed the chairman of selection committee (Dilip Vengsarkar) about his unavailability," Rajput said.
Zaheer, who switched from Baroda to Mumbai before the beginning of this season, was to make his debut for the domestic giants. However, considering the workload Zaheer has taken in the last one year months, he deserves a couple of weeks' break before the ODIs against the West Indies start on January 21.