Mumbai, Apr 11: Mumbai Indians might have to take the field on Wednesday night without the injured Sachin Tendulkar. Mumbai will play Rajasthan Royals at the Wankhede Stadium in Game 12 of IPL 5.
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Tendulkar, who has missed two games after being injured in the tournament's opener against Chennai Super Kings, is not fully recovered.
"It's a long tournament, so we give him every chance, every game to see if he will be fit. I am not sure about tomorrow, whether there will be enough time (for him to be fit). I think by the time the 16th game (against Delhi Daredevils here) comes around everything should be fine (with Tendulkar)," Mumbai's bowling coach Pollock on Tuesday.
"Who knows if he feels better tomorrow we will be happy to give him a chance (to play)," he added.
In Tendulkar's absence Mumbai had tried out Ambati Rayudu and T Suman as partners to South African Richard Levi.
"I thought Suman played quite well (in the previous game against Deccan Chargers at Vizag) but it was a brilliant catch by Dale Steyn, and it was a wonderful over from Dale, a brilliant yorker," said the former South African captain.
The thrilling win against Deccan Chargers will give Mumbai the confidence in Wednesday's match, according to Pollock.
"Unfortunately we haven't got off to a start we wanted. We got off to a poor start but still managed to win the game. That will give us confidence to chase any total. It was important for Rohit to get a good score. It will do wonders for his confidence as well," Pollock said.
"It was important we got over the line yesterday. Those are the close ones you need to win in a tournament like this which gives you confidence, gives you momentum and hope it gives you the advantage. Still waiting to find our feet a little bit, but happy to win 2 out of 3."
Pollock felt small totals make for great games in Twenty20 format
"I think teams are becoming cleverer as the tournaments unfold. Over the years people have got the understanding what is required from a bowling perspective and you don't often see those big scores often as it used to be in the past.
"I think often the small totals make for great games because you are not hundred per cent sure how you should go -hard up front or pace yourselves keep wickets in hand."