Dr Joshi assesses fitness of India bowlers

Published: Tuesday, September 18, 2001, 1:22 [IST]
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Chennai: Seven bowlers of the Indian cricket squad for South Africa were assessed for their fitness by Dr Joshi of the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) here at the MRF pace foundation on Monday.

Talking to PTI, Dr Joshi said except 'minor problems' like 'stiffness' the bowlers seemed to be in trim condition and that he would be giving his assessment report to the Board within two days. 'I thought it is better to talk to the bowlers and assess them at the MRF, so that when they appear for the test in Mumbai they could be judged once again', Dr Joshi said, adding 'we do not want to rush up things, especially when the team is scheduled leave for South Africa on Sept 24'. Stating that he was mainly here to check the bowlers - Anil Kumble, Zaheer Khan and Ashish Nehra - 'subjectively and objectively', Dr Joshi said 'Kumble is alright, but for slight stiffness on his shoulder when he bowls.' "He is a hard working man and always pushes himself for results." Meanwhile, Kumble said, "I am fine and raring to go. I have not been experiencing any problem. I have bowled over 125 overs in three major domestic tournaments during the last two months." Kumble bowled for over 45 minutes at the nets before the watchful eyes of both Dr Joshi and Dennis Lillee. Dr Joshi said he would assess Nehra and Khan on Tuesday.

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