Tendulkar advised not to go bang-bang

Published: Friday, October 1, 2004, 23:53 [IST]
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Mumbai:Sachin Tendulkar has been advised by the doctors, Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) - appointed Anant Joshi and Indian team physiotherapist Andrew Leipus, not to bat for more than ten minutes at a stretch initially, the injured master batsman said here today.

"I have been advised to take gradual steps initially during my practice as I have not played for six weeks and there's some muscle loss (in the left elbow). I can't just go bang bang. I have been advised to bat only for ten minutes at a stretch to begin with, and not for say two or three hours," said Tendulkar.

Tendulkar has been out of action since the Indian team went to Holland for the tri-series in the third week of August and there is a question mark whether he would be fit for the first Test against Australia commencing on October 6.

Asked whether he would be able to make it for the Bangalore Test, Tendulkar said, "Andrew (Leipus) will be speaking to the captain and coach today (in Bangalore wherethe selection committee is scheduled to meet to pick the team) and also let me know," he said.

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