Chennai, Apr 5: Master Blaster Sachin Tendulkar, playing for Mumbai Indians in the Indian Premier League, injured his finger which forced him to retire hurt when he tried to defend Doug Bollinger's delivery in the tournament opener at Chennai on Wednesday.
Sachin Tendulkar, batting on 15, faced a short ball from Bollinger in the ninth over of Mumbai's innings, which caused the injury. The ball hit Sachin on his gloves as he tried to defend the delivery.
The injury could either be fracture or a simple bruise. Though he continued to bat after the injury, after facing another ball, he was given medical attention and was asked to retire, following which Tendulkar was seen returning to the dug-out looking in considerable pain.
He had scored 16 off 15 balls, which included a boundary and a six off Albie Morkel. Mumbai chasing a target of 113, emerged victorious to open their account in the fifth edition of IPL in the tournament opener against Chennai on Wednesday.
Ojha, Malinga, Pollard grabbed two wickets each to restrict Chennai to 112, while Levi blazed his way to a half century off 35 balls which led Mumbai to emerge victorious.
With Tendulkar's status not revealed yet, it remains to be seen if the master blaster will be able to play the rest of the matches in first leg of the tournament while the team members hope the legend will be fit for the team's next match against Pune Warriors on Friday as cricket fans will get to watch India's best opening partners battle it out on the cricket field.