Tendulkar doubtful-starter for 2nd charity tie

Published: Sunday, January 16, 2005, 23:53 [IST]
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Dubai:Sachin Tendulkar, undergoing rehabilitation for an injured elbow, is not sure whether he would be able to take part in the second of the tsunami charity matches, the date and venue of which is still to be decided.

"I don't know. I'm in a rehabilitation programme at the moment. I had consulted a few doctors. It has been decided that I should take a month's rest," Tendulkar was quoted as saying in Gulf News daily in Dubai on Saturday.

The first tsunami match was held this week in Melbourne where Tendulkar did not bat but did twelfth man duties besides fielding for some time. The second match is to be held in Asia, most probably in Kolkata in early February.

Asked when he would start practising again, the batting genius said, "I've already been told that my injury has not healed completely. I want to go ahead according to the doctor's schedule. I'm not in a hurry. The moment I get the green signal from the doctors, I'll start practising."

Asked if he thought Muttiah Muralitharan was the best spinner in the world, he said, "definitely (he is) one of the best. He is a very tough competitor. He has got wickets all over the world, and in all conditions. I would keep Shane Warne also in the same category. Anil Kumble and Harbhajan Singh are equally great."

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