IPL news May 22, 2013

Mumbai hopeful of Tendulkar recovery

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Mumbai Indians have not ruled out Sachin Tendulkar's participation in the second qualifier on May 24, despite the batsman suffering a wrist injury for which the normal recovery time is around three weeks.

Medium-pacer Dhawal Kulkarni, however, will not play further part in Mumbai's campaign because of a side strain, the franchise said.

Tendulkar hurt his hand while batting during Mumbai's home game against Sunrisers Hyderabad on May 13 and retired hurt. He then missed Mumbai's last two league games as well as the first qualifier against Chennai Super Kings in Delhi. The second qualifier is their last shot at making the final of IPL 2013.

"On investigation we have found that there is some swelling in the wrist and around one of the tendons of his left hand," the franchise said in a statement. "We have addressed this with an injection in his hand by a hand-and-wrist specialist. He is currently under rehab and is progressing well.

"The normal recovery time for this injury is around three weeks, however rehab results in the past nine days have shown reasonable improvement and we are hopeful to get him back in action as soon as possible."

Kulkarni was injured on May 18, during Mumbai's final league game, and missed the qualifier against Super Kings. His recovery period was estimated to be six weeks.

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  • on May 22, 2013, 20:01 GMT

    As far as I know, tendon injuries especially in the wrist will take several weeks to heal, there is no way Sachin is coming back.. I have had the injury before and even a powerful defensive stroke will hurt a LOT.. I was hoping it wasn't a bad one but seems like it definitely is.. Rayudu isn't all that useful coming so low down the order.. It would be wise to push him up to #3 instead and have Karthik come at #6..

  • Harmony111 on May 24, 2013, 14:23 GMT

    @Amogh Mathure: Talking about big matches, no matches are bigger than WC matches. TWICE Sachin has been the top scorer in WCs and once he has been the 2nd top scorer. His WC aggregate is a record, his single WC aggregate is a record, his WC 100s tally is a record and you are telling me he is not a big match player?

    Talking of BIG MATCHES such as Tournament Finals, SRT has played 40 Finals in his life and avgs 54 with 6 100s & 10 50s while the so called BIG MATCH player Ponting has played 41 Finals and avgs a paltry 38 with 2 100s & 7 50s.

    In fewer matches Sachin has scored more runs, more 100s, more 50s, more 4s & 6s at a faster SR.

    Undoubtedly you will still say that Sachin is not a BIG MATCH player on the basis some new piece of idiotic reasoning.

    Btw, Sachin's record is similar if we consider Finals + Semi Finals => the usual BIG MATCHES.

    Now you would want to change the def of BIG MATCHES right?

  • sameer111111 on May 24, 2013, 13:31 GMT

    mumbai would really be hoping that sachin does not recover in time, otherwise it would be curtains for them. sachin has never been a big match player since 2000. the new guy has been quite impressive and should be persisted with as an opener. as seen in this ipl, mumbai dosent win when tendulkar gets a high score. they would prefer to be 60/2 after 6 overs rather than 24/0.

  • swarzi on May 24, 2013, 12:39 GMT

    Somebody is gone insane here! Are they talking about critical "WIN", and playing Tendulkar? The world knows that SRT does not correlate with important wins. But even though Pontin looks like a novice with the bat lately, when it comes to WINNING, I think a quarter of Pontin is better than 10 Tendulkars! Pad up Mr Potin!

  • Harmony111 on May 24, 2013, 12:31 GMT

    @Amogh Mathure: Talking about big matches, no matches are bigger than WC matches. TWICE Sachin has been the top scorer in WCs and once he has been the 2nd top scorer. His WC aggregate is a record, his single WC aggregate is a record, his WC 100s tally is a record and you are telling me he is not a big match player?

    Ppl like you read god knows what kind of rubbish and then make such statements.

    Talking of BIG MATCHES such as Tournament Finals, SRT has played 40 Finals in his life and avgs 54 with 6 100s & 10 50s while the so called BIG MATCH player Ponting has played 41 Finals and avgs a paltry 38 with 2 100s & 7 50s.

    In fewer matches Sachin has scored more runs, more 100s, more 50s, more 4s & 6s at a faster SR.

    Undoubtedly you will still say that Sachin is not a BIG MATCH player on the basis some new piece of idiotic reasoning.

    Btw, Sachin's record is similar if we consider Finals + Semi Finals => the usual BIG MATCHES.

    Now you would want to change the def of BIG MATCHES right?

  • elgenioroshan on May 24, 2013, 12:24 GMT

    All you Sachin haters, you are just not cricket lovers. Each and every cricket lover adores Sachin. Maybe you guys have just started watchin cricket. Sachin till 2007 was literally the boss of cricket. He was also awarded the ICC player of the year in 2010 at the age of 37! How many players have received that award at this age? All of you have forgotten the contribution Sachin gave to Indian cricket and now call him "borin old indian" and "not a big match player". We should respect him and encourage him through his dark times. Watch "Sachin the Great" on star cricket and you will see he literally thrashed every bowler in the world especially against the invincible aussies. He is known as master blaster and praised personally by Don bradman(he invited him to lunch in 1997) for a reason. If you don't like him, atleast don't criticize him. Cricinfo plz plz publish.

  • on May 24, 2013, 11:26 GMT

    Totally agree with @Amogh Mathure. Time people accepted reality. Sachin was and will not be a big match player.

  • on May 24, 2013, 9:55 GMT

    May be they are looking for sachin's recovery but I don't thing sachin can help them any how in the qualifier. I think sachin's injury will be blessing for them. in order to get rid of a boring old player.

  • VINCYCARDOZ on May 24, 2013, 9:48 GMT

    playing with Munaf, then you will have to agree that MI is playing with 10 players.

  • VINCYCARDOZ on May 24, 2013, 9:42 GMT

    Play Ponting drop Malinga.

  • on May 22, 2013, 20:01 GMT

    As far as I know, tendon injuries especially in the wrist will take several weeks to heal, there is no way Sachin is coming back.. I have had the injury before and even a powerful defensive stroke will hurt a LOT.. I was hoping it wasn't a bad one but seems like it definitely is.. Rayudu isn't all that useful coming so low down the order.. It would be wise to push him up to #3 instead and have Karthik come at #6..

  • Harmony111 on May 24, 2013, 14:23 GMT

    @Amogh Mathure: Talking about big matches, no matches are bigger than WC matches. TWICE Sachin has been the top scorer in WCs and once he has been the 2nd top scorer. His WC aggregate is a record, his single WC aggregate is a record, his WC 100s tally is a record and you are telling me he is not a big match player?

    Talking of BIG MATCHES such as Tournament Finals, SRT has played 40 Finals in his life and avgs 54 with 6 100s & 10 50s while the so called BIG MATCH player Ponting has played 41 Finals and avgs a paltry 38 with 2 100s & 7 50s.

    In fewer matches Sachin has scored more runs, more 100s, more 50s, more 4s & 6s at a faster SR.

    Undoubtedly you will still say that Sachin is not a BIG MATCH player on the basis some new piece of idiotic reasoning.

    Btw, Sachin's record is similar if we consider Finals + Semi Finals => the usual BIG MATCHES.

    Now you would want to change the def of BIG MATCHES right?

  • sameer111111 on May 24, 2013, 13:31 GMT

    mumbai would really be hoping that sachin does not recover in time, otherwise it would be curtains for them. sachin has never been a big match player since 2000. the new guy has been quite impressive and should be persisted with as an opener. as seen in this ipl, mumbai dosent win when tendulkar gets a high score. they would prefer to be 60/2 after 6 overs rather than 24/0.

  • swarzi on May 24, 2013, 12:39 GMT

    Somebody is gone insane here! Are they talking about critical "WIN", and playing Tendulkar? The world knows that SRT does not correlate with important wins. But even though Pontin looks like a novice with the bat lately, when it comes to WINNING, I think a quarter of Pontin is better than 10 Tendulkars! Pad up Mr Potin!

  • Harmony111 on May 24, 2013, 12:31 GMT

    @Amogh Mathure: Talking about big matches, no matches are bigger than WC matches. TWICE Sachin has been the top scorer in WCs and once he has been the 2nd top scorer. His WC aggregate is a record, his single WC aggregate is a record, his WC 100s tally is a record and you are telling me he is not a big match player?

    Ppl like you read god knows what kind of rubbish and then make such statements.

    Talking of BIG MATCHES such as Tournament Finals, SRT has played 40 Finals in his life and avgs 54 with 6 100s & 10 50s while the so called BIG MATCH player Ponting has played 41 Finals and avgs a paltry 38 with 2 100s & 7 50s.

    In fewer matches Sachin has scored more runs, more 100s, more 50s, more 4s & 6s at a faster SR.

    Undoubtedly you will still say that Sachin is not a BIG MATCH player on the basis some new piece of idiotic reasoning.

    Btw, Sachin's record is similar if we consider Finals + Semi Finals => the usual BIG MATCHES.

    Now you would want to change the def of BIG MATCHES right?

  • elgenioroshan on May 24, 2013, 12:24 GMT

    All you Sachin haters, you are just not cricket lovers. Each and every cricket lover adores Sachin. Maybe you guys have just started watchin cricket. Sachin till 2007 was literally the boss of cricket. He was also awarded the ICC player of the year in 2010 at the age of 37! How many players have received that award at this age? All of you have forgotten the contribution Sachin gave to Indian cricket and now call him "borin old indian" and "not a big match player". We should respect him and encourage him through his dark times. Watch "Sachin the Great" on star cricket and you will see he literally thrashed every bowler in the world especially against the invincible aussies. He is known as master blaster and praised personally by Don bradman(he invited him to lunch in 1997) for a reason. If you don't like him, atleast don't criticize him. Cricinfo plz plz publish.

  • on May 24, 2013, 11:26 GMT

    Totally agree with @Amogh Mathure. Time people accepted reality. Sachin was and will not be a big match player.

  • on May 24, 2013, 9:55 GMT

    May be they are looking for sachin's recovery but I don't thing sachin can help them any how in the qualifier. I think sachin's injury will be blessing for them. in order to get rid of a boring old player.

  • VINCYCARDOZ on May 24, 2013, 9:48 GMT

    playing with Munaf, then you will have to agree that MI is playing with 10 players.

  • VINCYCARDOZ on May 24, 2013, 9:42 GMT

    Play Ponting drop Malinga.

  • on May 24, 2013, 6:40 GMT

    Fact of the matter is building partnerships at the top order which is not something MI has ever done, ist about complementing your partners strengths, if MI have to win today they need to get Ponting back in the scheme of things, he is a big match player and the experience will stand in good stead. As a captain Rohit seems too tense and does not have Dravids panache or Dhoni's cool approach. I think the balance of the team for MI is dependent on Polly coming good, or Rohit firing in the middle, otherwise its left to Dwayne Smith to come up with a extraordinary knock or Karthik to do the needful. SRT's presence or absence will not make a huge difference.

  • on May 24, 2013, 6:37 GMT

    Let this be a Dravid IPL - rooting for his team to win - the unsung hero of India Cricket.

  • on May 24, 2013, 5:02 GMT

    "Mumbai hopeful of Tendulkar recovery"?????? If Mumbai thinks that they cannot win against RR without Tendulkar, I wonder how can they cope up with CSK in the finals (if they reach there), which is full of big match players? Where is the Bombay spirit which used to win matches without key players? Also, whatever the form, it will be worthwhile to give Ponting a go in the finals as he is the biggest big match players they have. As we all know, in any sports, big occassion, big platform can extract big things, big performances from such players. And he should not open but tactically should be held back. As mentioned earlier, this season Sachin is not even shadow of himself and throughout his career, not a big match player, a fact always rejected / ignored by Indians. I am not saying that e Sachin should not play even if he is fit but that team balance is more important.

  • EverybodylovesSachin on May 24, 2013, 3:18 GMT

    Reason for Mumbai loss to CSK is loosing toss on batting paradise wicket usally you do not see on Delhi wicket... Bad bowling by Mumbai Indians. Any team score 191 it is difficult to chase batting second.. in playoffs.. LUCKY CSK winning toss.. Nothing to do with Sachin in or out

  • on May 23, 2013, 16:53 GMT

    If Mumbai needs to win this Qualifier 2, then they have to play with the below mentioned Playing XI. Aditya Tare, Dwayne Smith, Rohit Sharma, Sushant Marathe, Jalaj Saxena, Kieron Pollard, Harbhajan Singh, Mitchell Johnson, Lasith Malinga, Pragyan Ojha and Abu Nechim.

  • on May 23, 2013, 16:46 GMT

    Dwayne smith is Injured during training at Eden Gardens..Huge blow..Maxwell is likely replacement...Abu Nechim will replace Munaf patel coz kulkarni is also Injured.

  • on May 23, 2013, 16:39 GMT

    may be it can act out in favour of mumbai indians...if he plays aditya taare sits out....and the play taare is playing...i would prefer him playing rather than sachin.....

  • on May 23, 2013, 16:28 GMT

    @Narbavi...Good command. That's true they have to win RR first to think about CSK. My opinion atleast RR can give good fight against CSK not MI.

  • MAYURESHmagic on May 23, 2013, 16:07 GMT

    Only hope for MI to win is bat first and usual Kolkata pitch(turning and unpredictable bounce).

  • on May 23, 2013, 15:37 GMT

    SRH fan here & im rooting for RR to win it as they are the team that beat us & bit of underdogs compared to batting power teams like MI & CSK. I am rooting for MI 2nd as they have a few former DC players - rohit, ojha, d. smith so I want them to do good also. Im not a big fan of CSK but if they win it wont be a big surprise.

  • alarky on May 23, 2013, 14:54 GMT

    Mumbai I ndians two recent lost has not one thing to do with the absence of tendulkar! Imagine playing one OK innings out of 11 and people think his exclusion has anything to do with MI two defeats! What about his first six innings early in the season? Mumbais Indians bowlers bowled badly in their last two matches and hence gave their batsmen too much runs to defend - the bowlers must do better and that's all - it has nothing whatsoever to to with SRT!

  • on May 23, 2013, 13:38 GMT

    @mrgupta: I'm not comparing him to any of the names you mentioned. I was only comparing him to the man who replaced him- Tare. I don't want Tare to play against RR and do to RR what he did against them earlier this season. But now that you have brought it up, I must say, with all due respect, he has been abysmal this season. And all the other players you mentioned have been exceptional for their teams barring smith and vijay. You shouldn't have even brought up the names of Dravid, rahane and hussey. They have been exceptional for their teams this season. While Sachin has only one defining inning this season. Openers should be of three types- either they can give blazing starts to his team with a strike rate of 200 for first 3-4 overs, or they can play with a strike rate of 110-120 for 7-10 overs and lay the platform or he can play through the innings at strike rate of 130-140. Sachin has failed to do either this season unlike the other three.

  • mrgupta on May 23, 2013, 12:17 GMT

    @Saurabh Agrawal: Not sure what you mean by that. Sachin's strike rate in IPL-6 is 124.4, D Smith's Strike rate is 120.13, Dravid's Strike rate is 110.30, Rahane 106.13, Murli Vijay's 110.52 and Hussey 129.8. How does Sachin ensures slow start but not Smith, Dravid, Rahane, Vijay or Hussey?

  • Velly_jatt on May 23, 2013, 12:17 GMT

    The day Tendulkar got injured... i lost all my interest in Mumbai Indians... Sachin is the only reason why team is so strong and he is the the sole reason for all the fan following for mumbai... accept it or not !!!! I hope he comes back sooon...

  • mrgupta on May 23, 2013, 12:09 GMT

    @Samychennai: Wow!, so finally someone managed to break the code, someone found out how to get Sachin easily. Only if you were there 20 years back he wouldn't have managed to score 33000 runs, 100 centuries, twice going past 500 runs in the World Cups and also twice going past 500 runs in the IPLs. Where were you earlier? The bowlers around the world missed you.

  • abinjosejames on May 23, 2013, 11:17 GMT

    @happy singh Are you a dhoni fan? Or you may not be aware of cricket to speak like that....

  • on May 23, 2013, 10:55 GMT

    As an RR supporter, I wish Sachin plays tomorrow. Sachin opening would ensure a slow start to MI innings.

  • richardthebravearthur on May 23, 2013, 8:40 GMT

    Sachin's 'use by' date is long over. Most cricket enthusiasts know this. Sachin perhaps knows this himself. But hey! Who gives a damn. Let him play on after all it's just one spot on the team and he will justify it by scoring some every now and then, right!

  • Sam_Ki2 on May 23, 2013, 8:36 GMT

    "Only fools can hate Sachin".. This is what comes to mind when I see few biased comments against Sach.. He was/is/will always a class in any format of the game. It's not him who always gives the winning boost, rather his presence does it all at times.. But at the same time, I don't want to see him play unless he is fit bcoz if he hurts himself anymore, keeping the SA tour in mind, it will be a great loss for India if he won't play the test series..

  • on May 23, 2013, 8:26 GMT

    My pick for tomorrows big match - Smith, thare, karthik,rohith,pollard, maxwell,harbhajan,jhonson,rishi,ojha. remember its kolkkata pitch- tricky slow wicket. hence go on with 7 batsmen.Two seemers are enough.Pollard and smith can also help pace department.Similarly maxwell can too help with his slow orthodox balls

  • MeeRu-MaNia on May 23, 2013, 7:50 GMT

    no need to put an injured tendulkar in the line up...MI has to bring in ponting.....kolkata pitch helps spinner so johnson or malinga can be dropped.. i knw some people will argue but dont forget ponting is a big match player with a proven record..even if he doesnt score big his captaincy will really help mumbai ..Rohit was all at sea in the last match..Punter knows how to handle the game in crunch situations

  • on May 23, 2013, 7:48 GMT

    sachin is not injured, failing to give a solid start to the team is the reason sitting out with ponting too the same.............

  • ladycricfan on May 23, 2013, 7:09 GMT

    Kolkatta is a tricky wicket to bat on. It needs batsmen with technique. Badrinath, Hussey, Dravid, Tendulkar ( if fit) will play an important part. Watson struggled against spin last time they played there. Spinners and batsmen with technique is the mantra for Kolkatta.

  • on May 23, 2013, 7:06 GMT

    I doubt Sachin will play any part in this year IPL so let MI look for changing the batting order to go for a blast. I think Smith and Rayudu should open the batting followed by Karthik, Rohit, Pollard, Tare and Jalaj Saxena. Jalaj can come in place of Ojha who is ordinary in this year's IPL. Harbhajan, Rishi, Mitchell and Malinga will complete the eleven. Mitchell, Malinga, Harbhajan, Rishi, Pollard, Jalaj, Rohit and Smith could provide the bowling support which will give the required lethal to rout the opposition.

  • on May 23, 2013, 7:03 GMT

    Sachin is slow sometime but if he decides to play in full swing than a quality bowler seems a kid and this is a class, it pity that people forget SRT and start comparison with Tare and Rayudu..shame on you hit and miss fans..this is business..A Gayle can never match a class of AB d''Villiers..A Pollard can never be a Gayle and a Dhoni can never be a Ponting,check out the Strike rate of MS Dhoni in T20 Internationals, it is below 115..He is a waste when it comes with International matches as a player and Captain..Sachin, Yuvraj Gambhir and somehow Raina were the man in charge in World cup 2011, Dhoni was a failure in 2007 as well..Yuvraj, Gambhir and Irfan were the key figures.I love Dhoni as ODI player but he is not a legend of the game..Enjoy the Master..no matter who will win but ppl still in love to watch Sachin moret then anyone else..Its Truth..

  • Pavinasen on May 23, 2013, 6:49 GMT

    zeus_kris , Lets not pay too much attention on the first 50 runs.It may take 5 overs to get or to the extreme 10.From overs 10 to 20 how many teams have consistently scored over 10 RPO or put more easily which is the only team that has done this, no secret no prize for guessing.

    The most balanced team is CSK,they can bat first or second as a choice or put in to bat/bowl in these innings,they always play the same brand of cricket.They are capable of putting big runs on the board and even the best batsmen form the opposition is under immediate pressure ,thats called strategy.Teams get false hope when at the start of their chase of big totals they start competitively . 1 wicket is bound to fall sooner or later and thats when CSK squeezes the oppositions out of the game.Although they do not have rock star bowlers ,the way they are managed is an art in itself.The leader of the pack takes intelligent risks and lts safe to say they come up tops 90% OTT.The same goes for their batting.

  • killerhub511 on May 23, 2013, 4:48 GMT

    Aditya Tare has done well against RR's bowling attack and that gives edge in playing eleven. And if sachin were to play I think Rayadu should be considered for drop because he is not in his batting form in this season of IPL. :/

  • on May 23, 2013, 4:37 GMT

    All said and done, CSK will be the champions of IPL-6..... because they enjoy cricket and celebrate others success. Moreover they are led by a man, who is a walking management guru - MSD. No leadership book will teach you the stuff which he demonstrates in the filed. He is a walking Harvard B School

  • shirishjog on May 23, 2013, 4:31 GMT

    It would be a blunder to play unfit sachin. As such in this IPL, MI have suffered due to very slow start. I think they should open with Dinesh kartik-Smith and Rayudu should come 1 down (like first IPL). Pollard should also bat higher up and bat like Gayle...slow start and explode when eye is set.

  • sportofpain on May 23, 2013, 4:07 GMT

    Play Punter MI. He is a match winner AND big match player. And btw is +10 in the field. There should be no comparison b/w Tare and Punter. The 4 overseas players should be Punter, Pollard, Smith and Johnson.

  • Samychennai on May 23, 2013, 3:31 GMT

    Though we are Sachin fan, we have to admit the true. Mumbai Indians are lost many match because of Ponting and Sachin's poor strike rate. I am wondering fans are writing comments that Sachin will change the course. You check Sachin's cricket for past ten years, he has failed many time while chasing. His consistency is in first innings only. In case Mumbai bat first they could add Sachin in the playing 11. As I am CSK fan I like to add Sachin and Ponting as opener in case they reach final. Though Sachin played cricket for more 20 years still his weakness is easy LBW. If any bowler could pitch the ball in right area towards his pad, he is definitely out.

  • Narbavi on May 23, 2013, 2:19 GMT

    @Shiven Patira: Talk about getting carried away, first beat RR then you can think about going to the finals!!

  • thisisashish on May 23, 2013, 1:20 GMT

    @xylo, there is no connection between Sachin and Ponting. Mumbai will play Pollard, Smith ,Malinga and Johnson as overseas players with no space for Ponting.

  • on May 22, 2013, 21:50 GMT

    I'm a CSK fan and I want Sachin to play in the final. He'll score at a run-a-ball for 12 overs and that means CSK will surely win.

  • zeus_kris on May 22, 2013, 21:27 GMT

    Great news for RR and CSK. When Sachin was playing even though he was not scoring quickly, MI were atleast reaching 50 for no loss. With Aditya Tare playing, there is a great chance of getting an early wicket. Aditya Tare scored well in his first game, as he was new and opposition teams didn't know how to bowl to him. Now that he has played few matches, RR and CSK will know what exactly to bowl to him. With Karthick and Rohit also in a bit of a rot in the past few games, the only saviors for Mumbai or Dwayne Smith and Pollard. But these 2 are both hit-and-miss players. So, there is no gurantee that MI's batting will click on a crunch situation. My bet is for a CSK vs RR final.

  • on May 22, 2013, 19:23 GMT

    Sachin coming back will surely help MI reach the finals and if they do it, there is no stopping them. MI will win the IPL!

  • HA786 on May 22, 2013, 19:07 GMT

    now i'm not sure to put him in my fantasy team or not?!!!

  • xylo on May 22, 2013, 19:05 GMT

    Yes, the first person you want in a team when chasing a big total in a critical match is Sachin Tendulkar. Except that the person wanting him would be the opposition captain. What a farce, with the likes of Ricky Ponting warming the bench.

  • praveen_6610 on May 22, 2013, 18:45 GMT

    I guess rayudu has got enough chances and failed consistently , so let tare play at his position and TENDULKAR open

  • RazorMach on May 22, 2013, 18:42 GMT

    So what's the fuss about? Let him recover off the field! No dent in Mumbai's side.

  • on May 22, 2013, 18:12 GMT

    Good news that SRT will be fit for the match against RR on May 24 ie Friday. Go MI beat RR and then its CSK's turn to lose the big final.

  • on May 22, 2013, 18:12 GMT

    Yeah.. Hope we get to have a Rahul vs Sachin one last time.....

  • on May 22, 2013, 18:12 GMT

    Yeah.. Hope we get to have a Rahul vs Sachin one last time.....

  • on May 22, 2013, 18:12 GMT

    Good news that SRT will be fit for the match against RR on May 24 ie Friday. Go MI beat RR and then its CSK's turn to lose the big final.

  • RazorMach on May 22, 2013, 18:42 GMT

    So what's the fuss about? Let him recover off the field! No dent in Mumbai's side.

  • praveen_6610 on May 22, 2013, 18:45 GMT

    I guess rayudu has got enough chances and failed consistently , so let tare play at his position and TENDULKAR open

  • xylo on May 22, 2013, 19:05 GMT

    Yes, the first person you want in a team when chasing a big total in a critical match is Sachin Tendulkar. Except that the person wanting him would be the opposition captain. What a farce, with the likes of Ricky Ponting warming the bench.

  • HA786 on May 22, 2013, 19:07 GMT

    now i'm not sure to put him in my fantasy team or not?!!!

  • on May 22, 2013, 19:23 GMT

    Sachin coming back will surely help MI reach the finals and if they do it, there is no stopping them. MI will win the IPL!

  • zeus_kris on May 22, 2013, 21:27 GMT

    Great news for RR and CSK. When Sachin was playing even though he was not scoring quickly, MI were atleast reaching 50 for no loss. With Aditya Tare playing, there is a great chance of getting an early wicket. Aditya Tare scored well in his first game, as he was new and opposition teams didn't know how to bowl to him. Now that he has played few matches, RR and CSK will know what exactly to bowl to him. With Karthick and Rohit also in a bit of a rot in the past few games, the only saviors for Mumbai or Dwayne Smith and Pollard. But these 2 are both hit-and-miss players. So, there is no gurantee that MI's batting will click on a crunch situation. My bet is for a CSK vs RR final.

  • on May 22, 2013, 21:50 GMT

    I'm a CSK fan and I want Sachin to play in the final. He'll score at a run-a-ball for 12 overs and that means CSK will surely win.

  • thisisashish on May 23, 2013, 1:20 GMT

    @xylo, there is no connection between Sachin and Ponting. Mumbai will play Pollard, Smith ,Malinga and Johnson as overseas players with no space for Ponting.