Yet to reach full level of competency: Sachin

Published: Friday, May 19, 2006, 23:53 [IST]
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Chennai:Master Blaster Sachin Tendulkar, who is undergoing a fitness schedule to strengthen his operated shoulder, today said he had not yet reached full level of competency.

Addressing a press conference after another round of workout in the gymnasium and batting at the nets here, he said,'' There is no noticeable difference.'' However, Sachin said he could not give a final statement about making it to the Test team for the four-match series against the West Indies next month until the fitness test at Mumbai on May 23.''I am progressing to the best of my ability. I am trying my best to go,'' Sachin, who is expected to return to Mumbai tomorrow, said.

Asked if he felt that his shoulder injury had healed while batting for a long time at the nets yesterday, Sachin said the ''rotation of the shoulder was good''. ''It can be strengthend further. I have to keep working. Further sessions will improve my biceps also,'' Sachin averred. Sachin said Physios Ramji Srinivasan of the MRF Pace Foundation and Andrew Leipus deputed by the BCCI to assist his rehabilitation programme here, were working hard on him.

''They are giving me many new strengthening exercises. Sekhar (head coach at MRF Foundation) has also been doing a good job'', Sachin said.

The Mumbai batsman, who had to miss the current ODI series in the West Indies said he was not in a position to categorically say whether he was fit to join the squad for the Test matches as he is still to undergo fitness tests in Mumbai.

''I am working towards it. But one requires time for restoration,'' the 34 year-old maestro said.Sachin said his return visit to London to meet Dr Andrew Wallace, who operated him, was a part of the post-surgey rehabilitation process. ''He conducted the operation in the first place. I have to go back to him. Training can only help the progress of my recovery and rehabilitation,'' Sachin said.

Asked if he was setting new goals to motivate himself as he prepared for a comeback, Sachin said ''At the moment, the goal is to recover fully.'' Sachin also rubbished suggestions that the injury had anything to do with his use of heavy bats and evaded queries on whether he would switch to a lighter bat.

''It (the injury) has nothing to do with my bat. I have people who are guiding me in this aspect,'' the Little Master retorted on being asked about his bat.

Sachin is scheduled to continue his workout at the MRF Pace Foundaton till tomorrow before flying back to Mumbai.

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