Sachin puts to rest all speculations about injury

Published: Monday, February 21, 2005, 23:53 [IST]
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Hyderabad:Putting to rest all speculation about his injury, Sachin Tendulkar on Monday said he was fully fit and looking forward to a good season in the forthcoming series against Pakistan.

"I'm fully fit and preparing for the big series ahead," Tendulkar said before going to nets at the Visakha Stadium, which will host the Duleep Trophy match between West Zone and South Zone from Tuesday.

On the Indo-Pak series, Tendulkar said, "pressure will be there as any sport at the highest level has its own pressure". But he did not agree that the recent performance of Pakistan against Australia and the Indian show across the border will be indicators for the coming series.

"Every series is fresh and we have to play the game as per our strength," he said.

The senior-most player in the Indian squad, Tendulkar evaded a direct reply when asked if he was in favour of shuffling the batting order.

"It's for Sourav and others to decide as to who will play in which slot," he said.

On his condition, the master blaster said "whatever my doctors and physio have asked me to do, I have done and I think I'm well and looking for a good season ahead."

Sachin, who was wearing an elbow strap during the nets on Sunday, said he has been advised to wear it in practice sessions as a precaution and he has absolutely no problem.

"Last week, I had a session with my physio John Gloster, who is the best in the field, and I am doing what I am asked to do. He has a vast experience and is extremely good," Sachin said.

"I'm here for preparations for the big day and will eventually do what specialists say is right for me as I have no knowledge about the science," the ace batsman said adding, "I have to wait and see how it works.

Sachin said his physio advised to prepare in a particular way for the Duleep Trophy match and he would be following those instructions.

Asked if he was fully confident of his fitness and the physiotherapy he had undergone, Sachin said "I think I'm fit, that's the reason why I'm here to play the match. If something happens in the course of practice or a match... well, we can't say."

On the controversy over cricketers being advised not to wear the Indian tri-colour on the playing gear, Sachin said, it's for the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) to decide on the issue and not the players.

"As an Indian I feel that we should wear Indian colours. But it's for the BCCI to decide on the issue. As an Indian I feel proud to wear Indian colours," he said.

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