'My goal is to get fit as soon as possible'
Sachin said it was too early to say whether he would be available for the Test series in WI.india Updated: May 19, 2006 18:22 IST
Master blaster Sachin Tendulkar said on Friday that it was too early to say whether he would be available for the upcoming Test series in the West Indies as he is still recovering from shoulder surgery.
"I am preparing to the best of my ability and feeling better now," said Tendulkar, 33.
"I have to undergo a fitness test in Mumbai on May 23. After that I will be able to tell whether I am fit for the West Indies. It is not the right thing to give my judgement before that," he said.
The batting superstar, who underwent a shoulder surgery in March, missed seven one-dayers at home against England last month and also opted out of the ongoing five-match series in the West Indies.
The Indian team for next month's four-Test series in the Caribbean will be named a day after Tendulkar's fitness test.
"At this moment the goal is to get fit as early as possible. That is what I was targeting for so many days. That remains my goal," Tendulkar said after a five-day fitness programme in the southern city.
"I have been progressing well since May 15. Ramji Srinivasan (trainer) and Andrew Leipus (former Indian team physio) have really worked hard with me," he said.
"They introduced several exercises which helped me develop strength, obviously not to the level of competing right now. But it is getting better day by day."
Tendulkar said he was also due to visit London to meet Andrew Wallace, the doctor who operated on his shoulder.
"He knows what has been done inside the body," he said.
"Whether I am going (to the West Indies) or not, I will still meet him and figure out how I am progressing."
Tendulkar is one of the most prolific batsmen in contemporary cricket with a world record 35 Test and 39 one-day centuries.
His 10,469 Test runs put him in fourth place behind West Indian captain Brian Lara and Australians Allan Border and Steve Waugh in the all-time scorers' list.
Tendulkar is also the world's leading one-day batsman, with 14,146 runs in 362 matches.
But a career spanning 16 years has begun to take its toll with a spate of injuries in recent times, the most notable being a tennis elbow problem two years ago that also required surgery.