Indian coach Wright spikes Tendulkar injury rumours

Published: Friday, January 31, 2003, 19:49 [IST]
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Durban: The Indian team is going about the task of capturing World Cup glory with "quiet determination", coach John Wright said on January 31, even as he put to rest all speculation about Sachin Tendulkar's injury worries. "There's a bit of quiet determination in the squad, even the new players are talking of being successful, which is a very good sign," he said. Admitting that Tendulkar's ankle injury in New Zealand was a "nasty blow" for the team, Wright said the master batsman was now fully fit and raring to go.

"It was a nasty blow for us, but we've had to manage Sachin during the time of his injury and he has fully recovered to make his place in the team," he said. "It's exciting times and we've been working towards this tournament for over a year and things seem to be coming together," the former New Zealand opener said. "We are in a difficult group, and if we come through that, then we could be a dangerous proposition for the remainder of the tournament," he added.

"I'm looking forward to this tournament as are the players - they have done well over the year especially in the Caribbean, England and Sri Lanka. Now the time has come to do well in South Africa," he said. The Indians will play two warm-up matches in Durban and Pietermaritzburg before heading off to Cape Town for the official opening ceremony on February 8.

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