Mumbai Indians look to maintain top berth; Tendulkar fit to play

May 18, 2013, 02:34 IST | IANS

Master Blaster Sachin Tendulkar seems to have recovered from the sprain on his left hand and has been declared fit.

There is a chance of his participation in Mumbai Indians’ match when they take on Kings XI Punjab here today. “Sachin has recovered from the injury and is fit now. He may play tomorrow at Dharamsala,” said Anil Kumble, Mumbai Indians’ chief mentor. 

Sachin Tendulkar
Sachin Tendulkar during a practice session at Wankhede recently

Tendulkar sprained his left hand in MI’s match against Sunrisers Hyderabad on Monday. However, the fans saw him train at the HPCA Stadium here.

Mumbai Indians, having already qualified for the playoffs, did not risk Tendulkar for their previous game against Rajasthan Royals on Wednesday. So far, he has accumulated 287 runs from the 14 games.

“We are not taking Kings lightly. Rohit (Sharma) is doing his leading job very efficiently. He is smart, very cool and young,” Kumble said. Talking about Ricky Ponting’s contribution behind the scenes, he said that the sheer depth of knowledge makes Ricky Ponting a very important player for the side.

Chance for Rishi?
About the team combination, Kumble opined the selection will be based on the pitch which may aid the seamers. He also said that local boy Rishi Dhawan, who is in the list of probables for today’s match, could make the cut. “We will be happy if he plays tomorrow on his home ground,” he said.

Rohit’s wishlist
> He and Dinesh Karthik continue to sizzle in the middle
> Kieron Pollard blows Punjab away
> Mitchell Johnson removes his Aussie senior pro Adam Gilchrist early
> David Miller falls cheaply
> The team retain their top spot

Gilchrist’s wishlist
> As he is going to retire, he’ll want to make every innings count
> Shaun Marsh anchors the innings
> Praveen Kumar makes early inroads
> Bowlers do not bowl length balls to Pollard
> Sachin Tendulkar doesn’t play

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