Tendulkar declared fit to play against Punjab

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Published: Saturday, April 21, 2012, 19:18 [IST]
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Tendulkar is fit to play: Robin Singh

Mumbai, Apr 21: Mumbai Indians batting misery may come to an end as batting legend Sachin Tendulkar has been declared fit to play against Kings XI Punjab.

Tendulkar injured his finger during the IPL opener against defending champions Chennai Super Kings while playing a rising ball from left-arm pacer Doug Bollinger and had been ruled out for most of their games so far.

"He's fine to play and is playing tomorrow," informed Mumbai Indians coach team Robin Singh the Wankhede Stadium at the pre-match press conference.

Tendulkar was hit on his finger during a nets session on Saturday, raising concerns over injury. But Tendulkar later joined the fielding drills practising catches thrown by Mumbai Indians fielding coach Jhonty Rhodes.

Robin Singh confirmed there was nothing to worry, "He just got a small hit on the finger. He's playing tomorrow," insisted the coach.

However, Sri Lankan pacer Lasith Malinga, a key menber of Mumbai indians, will miss tomorrow's game, having gone back to Sri Lanka to get treatment for a sore back but Robin Singh said that the bowler is expected back next week.

"He has got a sore back but he will be back early next week," said the former India all-rounder.

Mumbai Indians take on Kings XI Punjab at the Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai on Sunday, April 22.


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