India news March 28, 2012

Tendulkar in London to consult specialist


Sachin Tendulkar missed Rahul Dravid's felicitation on Tuesday evening because he had a prior appointment with a specialist doctor in London, the BCCI has revealed. Ratnakar Shetty, the BCCI's chief-administrative officer, said Tendulkar had informed the board of his unavailability for the function but Shetty did not know what Tendulkar was seeking medical attention for.

Shetty said Tendulkar had been listed as one of the speakers at the board function along with Anil Kumble, Sourav Ganguly, VVS Laxman and MS Dhoni, but he could not cancel the doctor's appointment. "He called both the BCCI president and secretary to inform them that he had set up an appointment about two months ago and had to be in London yesterday [Tuesday]," Shetty told ESPNcricinfo.

According to the Hindustan Times, Tendulkar is going to London to have the big toe on his right foot looked at. Last year Tendulkar had been ruled out of the ODI series in England due to an inflammation of the same toe. Tendulkar had consulted a specialist in London and had been advised six weeks' rest, which also ruled him out of Mumbai Indians' Champions League T20 campaign.

Mumbai Indians have released a statement saying Tendulkar will be back from London to join Mumbai Indians' preparatory camp on March 31, and will be available for the whole of the fifth season of the IPL.

Edited by Dustin Silgardo

Nagraj Gollapudi is an assistant editor at ESPNcricinfo

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  • Ash on March 30, 2012, 23:39 GMT

    let us not forget that Dravid was the hightest test run scorer in 2011. RSD is greater than SRT.

  • Satyajit on March 30, 2012, 15:10 GMT

    Ok, so now Sachin visited Yuvraj in London. None of his other team members cared to do so. These people are really insensitive about Yuvi... Well not really. It happened so that Sachin was at London and it made sense that he goes and checks out Yuvi. Sachin had an appointment with a specialized doctor and if he missed that he would have to wait long and play IPL with a potential issue. I think in recent times both Sachin and Rahul have spoken highly about each other and they have healthy ragards about each others contribution. On the other hand two individuals in a team can have some difference of opinion. Viru & Dhoni has much sharper difference of opinion than Sachin and Rahul ever had. The other day Sourav told that Rahul (being a gentleman) didn't have the guts to confront Greg, but in the felicitation he talked about Rahul's contribution eloquently. It was also fine for Rahul to not mention Sachin's name as he was talking in the context of that felicitation.

  • Al on March 30, 2012, 12:13 GMT

    Agree with @dexternights - Now we get to see the true colors of SRT. He proves once again he's another selfish player in the lines of Gavaskar and Shastri. After attending Ambani's party with Celebs for his own 100th 100, England visit is a lame excuse for next day.

  • vt on March 30, 2012, 9:33 GMT

    akpy, there is absolutely no disrespect to SRT. it is just a disappointment. would be grateful if you do not make value judgement on those of us who have a point of view. if we are brainless, i am sure the moderator would take care of it.

  • neelesh on March 30, 2012, 9:31 GMT

    Simple equation Tendulkar did not attend Rahuls farewell since he had appointment which he could not cancel. So does that mean he is giving importance to MI and IPL? I don't think so.

    Rahul is also playing IPL. He has not retired from there. So does that mean he is not giving importance to country but want to prolong IPL career? NO.

    Both are professional cricketers. They have played for long time together. We shouldn't mind anything. I am die hard fan of both, especially Rahul.

  • Hardy on March 30, 2012, 9:22 GMT

    well said akpy.. @all - look at the total number of "Player of the Match" then you would know what you are talking about these greats. All play for the country & some (by god's will) are talented & lucky to go on top...

  • Deep on March 30, 2012, 9:13 GMT

    I have a question. Sachin who?

  • Ananth on March 30, 2012, 8:33 GMT

    bobmartin, vtnarendra and others supporting dravid..why cant you stick to supporting him and not lash disrespect on someone else? did you read the news that sachin spoke to dravid before he left for london and dravid clarifying there is no problem between the two..did these great cricketers really had to do this?? agreed, there are sachin fanatics as well who go overboard at times but most of them are forced to by brainless comments in such all need to get your head examined as even dravid doesnt want such insecure fans for sure..

  • vt on March 29, 2012, 17:43 GMT

    Would like to remind mr sudhakar86 the following SRTendulkar(SRT) and RSDravid(RSD) have scored 6920 runs. in 143 test innings. RSD/SRT in 98 one day international innings have scored 4117 runs which is third highest for SRT and second highest for RSD Iimagine what would be SRT's fate if RSD had not played with SRT in those 143 test innings and 98 one day international innings . If mr sudhakar feels RSD was useless how could he have scored the second highest runs in tests, over 10,000 runs in one dayers and also the only man to take over 200 catches in tests not to forget the lesser tasks like being a wicket keeper and also a very successful captain.

  • raj on March 29, 2012, 17:05 GMT

    Guys, plz read carefully, "...he had set up an appointment about two months ago and had to be in London" - in other words the specialist and flights were booked even before Dravid announced his retirement, let alone the confirmation of felicitation date! End of story. SRT has praised Dravid in public recently and on previous occasions. I recall a time not so long ago (only about year and half ago) when Dravid was really struggling for runs and the Indian 'fans' were calling for him to be dropped or retire. SRT came out and said, " DRAVID IS NOT A GOOD BATSMAN, HE IS A GREAT BATSMAN"! Obviously it gave Dravid a great deal of confidence to hear this from the great man and Dravid SCORED A CENTURY IN THE VERY NEXT INNINGS and never looked back!

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