Rehab process has gone according to plan: Sachin

Published: Friday, October 7, 2005, 23:53 [IST]
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Mumbai:Sachin Tendulkar today declared that his post-elbow surgery rehabilitation process has largely gone as per the plans but he still feels some discomfort in the affected joint which, however, did not prevent him from playing his shots while batting.

He also said the period away from the game was not only physically but also mentally tough for him.

Addressing a posse of print and television media reporters here after his customary net session with his Mumbai Ranji teammates, Tendulkar said, "Things have progressed onthe whole according to plans, barring a few days here and there.

"I felt comfortable while batting (in the nets). There is still a bit of discomfort but that is because the body is settling down. It does not prevent me from playing my shots. There is nothing to worry about according to my doctors, who are monitoring my moves on a constant basis," he said.

"I am probably getting there and hope it (rehab process) continues to progress".

Tendulkar said he was still using a bat with which he was comfortable with and he is not gone on the advice of some who have not known what's wrong with his elbow.

"I am sticking to what I feel comfortable in. It has all been done in consultation with the doctors who have been treating me and not those who don't know what's wrong withmy elbow", he added.

Tendulkar is among a few players using a heavy bat to play with and his response was to a question relating to his bat weight.

Tendulkar said that the period away from cricket action was "not only physically but also mentally tough for me. It has been tough (to sit out) but I couldn't play because ofunavoidable circustances".

"I have missed playing not only in the Super Series (now on in Australia) but also the tours to Sri Lanka and Zimbabwe (with the Indian squad). I have been watching it (Super Series) and am enjoying watching the great players in action", he said.

However, he said he did not face any special pressure while getting back into the game, but faces pressure of a different kind in trying to live upto his own expectations.

"I face pressure of a different manner. I want to perform to my best every time. I want to live upto my own expectations," he said.

Tendulkar is to get back to competitive cricket after a gap of nearly six months (his last ODI was against Pakistan at Delhi on April 17), when he turns out for India Seniors in the N K P Salve Challenger Series in Mohali.

The champion batsman said that the tournament would provide him with the ideal platform to test the progress of his elbow after surgery.

"I see it as the platform to judge how my elbow is responding," he said.

The great player said he would have to talk to coach Greg Chappell before he could say whether he would be able to captain and play for West Zone in their Duleep Trophy opener against South Zone from October 20-23 at Vadodara.

"I don't know whether I will be able to play in the Duleep Trophy or not. I have to talk to Greg and find out about the 3-4 days' camp in Bangalore," he said.

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