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Sachin to undergo surgery on left hand

Faisal Shariff in Mumbai | April 15, 2003 18:35 IST

Sachin Tendulkar will go under the surgeon's knife later this month.

Thering finger of the little master's left hand is the latest in a growing list of injured body parts.

Tendulkar will travel to the United Stateson April26for the surgery andstay therefor four weeks.

According toAmrit Mathur, media manager of the Indian cricket team, the injury wasbothering Tendulkar for a long time,even before the World Cup.That was why heskipped thecurrent triangular TVS Cup tournament in Bangladesh.

"When Sachin hurt his hand, it went unnoticed," Mathur said. "The minor chipped bone, however, played up every time the ball hit the hand. We consulted experts in South Africa during the World Cup and they saidsurgery and lots of rest were the only option."

Sachin TendulkarBut Tendulkarendured the painand played through the World Cup with the chipped finger, sometimes usingpainkillers.

The injury did not, however,impedehis performance andhe ended the tournament as the leading run-scorer with 673 runs.

The Indian team's next international fixturewill only take placein October when the home series against New Zealandbegins. This will give Tendulkarenough time torecover.

"The recovery period will take about 3-4 weeks," Mathur said, "andalso require Sachin to undergo some physiotherapy and rehabilitation. He should be all right by the time the next series gets underway."

Vice-captain Rahul Dravid, offspinner Harbhajan Singh, left-arm fast bowlersAshish Nehraand Zaheer Khan, and skipper Sourav Ganguly are alsoinjured.

While Dravid is nursing a finger injurysustained in South Africa during the World Cup,Nehra is scheduled toundergoknee surgery next week in South Africa and is likely to beout of action for three months.

Last Sunday,Khan limped off the groundwith a hamstring injury during the game against South Africa whileGanguly has finally decided to attend to his niggling back injury.

Mathur saidHarbhajan Singhalso played through the World Cup with a lot of pain. "Harbhajan's right hand needs rest," he said. "His bowling hand hurts each time he grips the ball. The webbing between the indexand the middle fingers is stretched and causes pain."

Defending the selection of Ganguly and Singh for the TVS Cup in spite of their injuries, the media manager said: "No one wants to endanger the players' fitness. Every team has players less than 100 per cent fit. The Indian team is not alone."

Buttheteamis certainly alone in the kind of non-stop cricketit has had to play over the last one year, thanks to the Board of Control for Cricket in India.

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Number of User Comments: 9

Sub: It looks funny

I really don't understand, is there no medical institution in India to cure a little finger of Sachin. Do we need to depend on US ...

Posted by Karunakaran


honestly doesnt the name board of control of cricket in india rise some laughs.... what exactly are they controlling...anybodys guess...

Posted by Greg

Sub: comments

actually, the BCCI is only in the motive to make few millions bucks.and dangering the indian players. in the process all the talent the players ...

Posted by jayjit chakraborty

Sub: Sachin to undergo surgery in US

It's really unfortunate that we are going to miss a player of his caliber in the coming months.But hats off to this great man's commitment ...

Posted by Prasanth.S

Sub: Where in USA ?

Could you let us know where in USA is he going to come ? Thanks!!

Posted by John



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