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Tendulkar not to miss action for long

The Indian team management believes Sachin Tendulkar's injury will not keep him away for long.

india Updated: Jan 20, 2004 11:12 IST

The Indian team management believes the injury to Sachin Tendulkar will not keep him away for long but has left the decision on his return to action on the maestro himself.

"Tendulkar is being given ice treatment and other required attention by (physio) Andrew Leipus. We don't expect him to be away from middle for long," team manager Shivlal Yadav said on Monday.

"We don't want to risk him and aggravate his injury so we would look to give him rest," said Yadav. "The same is true with Virender Sehwag and Ajit Agarkar - the other two injured cricketers."

Tendulkar sprained his ankle during the day-night cricket tri-series game against Australia here yesterday but defied pain to score a valuable 86 runs. India went on to win the match by 19 runs.

Even though the general consensus was Tendulkar should not play tomorrow's match, coach John Wright got it probably right when he said the decision has to be left to the little genius himself.

"If Tendulkar wants to play it will be difficult for anyone to stop him from doing so," said Wright.

Tendulkar started his tour disastrously but has not looked back since the last Test in Sydney at the start of this month, his successive scores reading 241 not out, 60 not out, 63, 44 and 86.

In other words, he has scored over 500 runs in the last fortnight in both forms of international cricket.

The year has started brilliantly for him but the injury has come at a wrong time, disappointing to none more than the little master himself.

Meanhile, the Indians did come out to practice at the Gabba this afternoon but most of the seniors were missing, except for captain Sourav Ganguly.

The notable feature of the session was Wright's insistence on Rohan Gavaskar bowling more of his left-arm spinners at the nets.

Gavaskar junior was impressive in his debut game yesterday and his bowling was a welcome option for the fifth bowler's slot.

First Published: Jan 19, 2004 18:03 IST