More says Tendulkar to come back very soon
More said the team was missing Tendulkar not only on the field but also in the dressing room where he was a great influence on up and coming players.india Updated: May 14, 2006 02:15 IST
Chief selector Kiran More has said Sachin Tendulkar's post-surgery rehabilitation programme was progressing at an encouraging pace and he should be back in the team "very soon".
More said the team was missing Tendulkar not only on the field but also in the dressing room where he was a great influence on up and coming players.
"The team is missing him indeed. He has been our key player for 17 years. It's not just his batting, he is always there as a senior to help the youngsters," More told a television channel.
"But he is doing well and hopefully he will be back very soon," the former wicketkeeper said.
"I had a chat with him and he is following the programmme given to him by phsyio John Gloster. Andrew Leipus is also there and Sachin himself too sounded positive (about an early comeback)," More said.
Tendulkar, who underwent a shoulder surgery in March, missed the one-day series against England and has been ruled out of the one-dayers against West Indies beginning on May 18.
With injuries and lack of form being a concern, More said the team realised the need for creating a pool of 20 players who could be rotated as and when needed.
"We are discussing on the right combination which is very important. If we have a pool of 20 players, we can rotate them and continue with them for another five-six months. We need good bench strength.
"We want to have eight to nine pace bowlers at our disposal so that we can rotate them. A lot of matches are coming up and it's going to be a long season for the side."