Srinath to be fit soon, Kumble rearing to go

Published: Monday, September 3, 2001, 20:33 [IST]
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Bangalore: Indian pace spearhead Javagal Srinath, who suffered an injury during the Galle Test in Sri Lanka last month, said he should be totally fit in about one-and-a- half weeks.
 "I should be alright in one-and-a-half weeks," Srinath said. Srinath had flown back into India on August 19 from Sri Lanka where he suffered a fracture in his left hand after being struck by a Dilharo Fernando delivery in the first innings of the Test. He did not bat again in the match but grabbed five wickets in the Lankan first essay. Srinath said physiotherapist Andrew Leipus was yet to arrive in Bangalore to examine him. "I expect him here tonight or tomorrow," he added. Meanwhile, spin ace Anil Kumble, who missed cricketing action at the high level for nearly a year, because of a shoulder surgery, is fit and raring to go. The leg spinner, who will turn 31 on October 17, has informed the Board of Control for Cricket in India that he is fit and available for the tour of South Africa during October-November. Kumble, who has taken 550 international wickets - 276 in 61 Tests and 274 in 208 One- day Internationals - has been following a rehabilitation programme for his shoulder, as suggested by Johannesburg-based expert Dr Mark Fergusson, since the surgery in January this year. Kumble had returned to competitive cricket in the last two months, turning up for his alma mater club in local league cricket, as well as leading Karnataka State Cricket Association in the Diamond Jubilee and Buchi Babu tournaments, showing signs that he is striking form again.

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