Tendulkar should be fit for April 16th game: Pollock

Apr 11, 2012, 16:35 IST | PTI

Mumbai Indians' team mentor and bowling coach Shaun Pollock is confident that Sachin Tendulkar's injury won't force the iconic batsman to sit out the entire tournament.

Sachin Tendulkar is likely to miss Wednesday's Indian Premier League game against Rajasthan Royals but cannot be ruled out of the entire tournament, Mumbai Indians' team mentor and bowling coach Shaun Pollock said in Mumbai.

"It's a long tournament, so we give him every chance, every game to see if he will be fit. I am not sure about tomorrow, whether there will be enough time (for him to be fit). I think by the time the 16th game (against Delhi Daredevils here) comes around everything should be fine (with Tendulkar)," said Pollock.

"Who knows if he feels better tomorrow we will be happy to give him a chance (to play)," he added.

Tendulkar has not played the last two games after getting hurt on his right hand middle finger during the IPL-V opener against Chennai Super Kings on April 4.

Shaun Pollock
Shaun Pollock with Lasith Malinga during a nets session of the Mumbai Indians.

In his absence Mumbai Indians had tried out Ambati Rayudu and T Suman as partners to South African Richard Levi.

"I thought Suman played quite well (in the previous game against Deccan Chargers at Vizag) but it was a brilliant catch by Dale Steyn , and it was a wonderful over from Dale, a brilliant yorker," said Pollock.

But he pointed out that despite the poor start the team won a thriller off the last ball against Deccan Chargers, thanks to a belligerent knock of 73 not out by Rohit Sharma.

According to Pollock, two wins out of three at this stage of the tournament was an encouraging start.

Asked about the warning and fine to captain Harbhajan Singh and pacer Munaf Patel , respectively, by the match referee for breach of Code of Conduct in last night's game, Pollock said though he did not see the incident the behaviour doesn't seem to be "ideal".

"Actually I did not see what went on because I had run inside to see the replay whether he (Chargers' captain Kumar Sangakkara was out or not. But obviously their behaviour wasn't ideal because they got hauled in before the match referee, fined a match fee and given a reprimand," said Pollock.

"(But) it's very frustrating when you bowl someone and the umpires are not giving you that wicket. I think the confusion may have happened because the square leg umpire might have seen the ball ricochet off the keeper and hadn't actually seen the angle of how it came off the bat.

"I think they both consulted and when they both weren't sure it would have made things a bit easier if they had gone upstairs (to the TV umpire).

"I think you can understand how players’ wanting the wicket of Sangakkara, it was a big wicket. But like I said, I did not exactly see their behaviour, but obviously it wasn't ideal," he added.

Munaf was fined 25 percent of his match fees while Harbhajan received an official warning.

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