Forced to miss the business end of the Indian Premier League due to injury, Sachin Tendulkar is expected to make a return to competitive cricket in the Champions League Twenty20 tournament in mid-September.
On Friday, he was named in the Mumbai Indians squad for the tournament, to
be played from September 21 to October 6.
However, Tendulkar’s participation will depend on how he feels about his left hand, which he hurt on May 13 while trying to hit a six during the Indian Twenty20 league game against Sunrisers Hyderabad.
The injury turned out to be more serious than diagnosed earlier as his team management had initially expected him to recover in time to play in the final stages of the league.
It is learnt that after the event, Tendulkar tried all other treatment options and when the injury didn’t heal, underwent surgery in London last month. The operation was successful and he has been having a hit in the nets for the last two weeks at the Mumbai Cricket Association’s Bandra-Kurla Complex.
A senior Board member, who confirmed news of the surgery, was not sure whether the batsman would play in the CLT20. At the moment, it is all about gaining confidence. Those who have seen him train at the BKC say he appears to be in good touch and has looked comfortable.
Tendulkar had walked off mid-innings (retired hurt 38 off 31balls) when he injured his left wrist and hand while going for a six against Sunrisers spinner Karan Sharma. It had resulted in swelling in the wrist and around the tendons in his left hand.
Tendulkar announced his retirement from the Indian Twenty20 league after Mumbai Indians won the final and not many expected him to play in the CLT20. His main focus this season is the Test series against South Africa, and to that end, the T20 tournament is crucial in terms of preparation.
It is one of the few platforms available for valuable match practice as otherwise he will be left with just a couple of Ranji and Duleep Trophy games before the Test series in South Africa at the year end.
During his lengthy career, Tendulkar has been forced to undergo surgeries for various injuries, including toe, elbow, hand and shoulder.