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'It's good team doing well without me'

Sachin Tendulkar talks about the West Indies tour, forthcoming World Cup and the burnout factor in players.

india Updated: May 17, 2006 17:17 IST

On his chances for Windies tour

The injury was more complicated than what the doctors and I thought. Initially, it was thought to be a shoulder surgery but my tendons were also operated upon. The doctor and the physio have been happy with my progress. At this moment, I do not want to say whether I would be going to the West Indies for the Test series. There is a fitness test in Mumbai.

On India’s chances in Windies

I haveno doubt that this present team will come out with flying colours.

On Lara as hostwe hadlunch in Mumbai. He was looking forward to my coming to the West Indies. I hope he is a good host.

On his absence affecting team

The teamis performing well right now. It is a healthy sign. Probably, the picture was not clear enough earlier on. So many guys kept telling me in the past that you are the only guy doing well in the team and others do not perform.

On World Cup

It's 10 months away. We should make a pool of 17 or 18 players from which the final team should be selected. To start playing right away for the Cup is not right. But at the back of our mind, it should be there.

On the new rule on appeal

It isan experiment. Wait for my turn to come to comment on this. We have to try them out.

On burnout

Each oneshould be judged differently. There are youngsters, seniors, fast bowlers and spinners. The workloads are different for each of them. We just have to find the right balance. Sometimes you want a break, the player should take some time off just to recharge his batteries. To get fresh mentally and physically is important.

First Published: May 17, 2006 12:41 IST