July 10, 2001

Tendulkar's injury caused by his left boot spike

India's batting maestro Sachin Tendulkar suffered a foot injury during the final of the tri-nation series against the West Indies on Saturday when his right foot spiked his left foot while fielding, forcing him to withdraw from the first part of the coming Sri Lankan tour.

"Though an X-ray has ruled out any fracture, the injury is extremely painful and the foot has to be rested for at least two to three weeks as there is an aggravation of muscles", the Indian Cricket Board (BCCI) sources said in Mumbai today.

His right foot, with spikes, landed between toe and heel of the left foot, resulting in a sesamoid bruise, sources added.

However, the BCCI secretary Jaywant Lele or any of the selectors who met here yesterday to finalise the team for Sri Lankan tour were not able to describe the nature of injury to Tendulkar's foot but announced that the Mumbai star would be joining the team for the last league tie against New Zealand on 2 August.