Sachin continues training at MRF Foundation

Published: Thursday, May 18, 2006, 23:53 [IST]
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Chennai:A die hard fan of Sachin, among the many who had been waiting for hours at the MRF Pace Foundation her for Sachin Tendulkar's autograph was seen hailing ''Sachin, all the best, Sachin, all the best'', as the batting maestro was getting into the waiting car to drive back to his hotel today.

This wish of the fan should go a long way in seeing him through his present predicament, as it was another hectic session of training for Sachin Tendulkar, recovering from his shoulder surgery to get back into the Indian team for the Test series against West Indies.

On the third day of his training today, Sachin batted for more than half-an hour in between two sessions at the Gym with physios Andrew Leipus and Ramji srinivasan comprising cubing and work out on the pilatus on which there are about 40 exercises in all, to strengthen the abdominal muscles.

While he had the MRF trainees throwing the ball onto his bat from half pitch yesterday, Sachin played an array of shots including the straight drive, cut and the sweep with the bowlers including former India pacer Laxmipathi Balaji bowling to him in short run ups, a motley crowd his fans watching and press and television cameras shooting the action pictures, as it were. Before going into the gym for a final work out on the pilatus, Sachin also had catching practice, the head coach at the Foundation T A Sekhar hitting the ball to him. However, Sachin was seen throwing only with his left hand, and underarm with this right hand.

He had the surgery on his right shoulder.

After winding up for the day, Sachin, noticing a large number of fans holding out autograph books, walked up to them and signed as many as he could reach.

Sachin also had a special gift awaiting him. A local iconography artiste J Robinson presented him his portrait drawn on a chapter from legendary Don Bradman's biography in which Sir Don wrote about the Mumbai batsman.The content can be read with the help a pocket magnifying glass, as Robinson explained.

Sachin, deeply impressed with the work, thanked the artiste profusely.

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