Mumbai v Bangalore, 1st semi-final, IPL, Mumbai April 21, 2010

Tendulkar hopes to recover from finger injury for final

Cricinfo staff
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Sachin Tendulkar, the Mumbai Indians captain, has injured a finger on his right hand during the semi-final against Royal Challengers Bangalore, making him uncertain for the final on Sunday. Tendulkar, who was bleeding after attempting a low slip catch, rushed back to the dressing room and had five stitches.

Despite the injury, Tendulkar hoped to feature in the final. "My right hand is not too great. Split my webbing and got five stitches. But hopefully I will recover for the final," he said.

Tendulkar sustained the injury in the fourth over of Royal Challengers Bangalore's chase, when Rahul Dravid edged Zaheer Khan. Replays indicated a part of the ball had touched the ground as Tendulkar clasped it, and the batsman was ruled not out. Tendulkar was injured in the process, bleeding from his right hand, and immediately made his way to the pavilion for some medical attention.

Zaheer, who led Mumbai in Tendulkar's absence on the field, said his team will take a call on his participation in the final in two days. "We are little bit worried but we will take a couple of days to decide (on his availability for the final)," Zaheer said. "Every team he has played for has relied on him. It was unfortunate he got out early today and got injured. But we have reached the final and all the credit goes to him. I hope he plays in the finals. We all expect him to play. We just have to remain patient."

Tendulkar's was not the only injury worry for Mumbai Indians. Man of the Match Kieron Pollard injured his knee while batting, but came back to bowl an exceptional spell to pick three wickets. He was confident of being ready in time for the big game.

"After running the first two runs, I twinged my knee. But it feels good now, and hopefully I should be fit for the final," Pollard said.

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  • dev_gov on April 23, 2010, 20:51 GMT

    Happy birthday in advance to you Sachin. Good Luck in the finals.

  • JaiBhajranBali on April 23, 2010, 14:42 GMT

    I am not a Saching HATER or LOVER. but i always like to see a good talent and good cricket game. Injuries are part and parcels of the any sport and I dont think i will pray that Saching should be alright to play for Mumbai in the finals. If any other youngster gets a chance to play in the place of Saching and (may) perform well that could be a door for him and for Indian Cricket.

    Indian Cricket is not about any INDIVIDUAL. though i feel bad for sachin for his injury.

  • on April 23, 2010, 7:12 GMT

    All of you "Sachin Haters" if you really hate him don't visit his pages or read articles on him. I don't think you have to be here, you have to be somewhere else praising your heroes instead of abusing our hero. Wish you best of luck Mumbai Indians, we love you Sachin hope you will recover soon.

    Happy Birthday in advance.

  • avi_nashkr on April 23, 2010, 5:31 GMT

    the chances are slim as the stitches would take a minimum of 8 days to heal and be ultimately removed then. and for all the people who like writing against sachin - get over it.

  • short-fine-leg on April 23, 2010, 5:08 GMT

    There was this time at my office when we were discussing the 'inability' of Sachin to play in pressure situations. One of my colleagues said, "It seems that Sachin does not play in pressure situations because pressure builds up only after he gets out! As long as he batting, there is no pressure at all!" Case closed.

  • on April 23, 2010, 3:11 GMT

    sachin will play the final and win it for mumbai

  • on April 22, 2010, 16:15 GMT

    I wish Sachin a good recovery for the final. Irrespective of who wins, sachin has to play the finals ( i hope so ).

  • Gupta.Ankur on April 22, 2010, 15:17 GMT

    Its so disturbing to see that no article on Tendulkar go without sick comments being made about him......

    We Sachin fans don't need to pull-out stats nor do we say anything in favour,coz 21yrs of pure godliness are more than enough...

    Also for those new to the game,Cricket is played by 11 member teams.

  • ilove_cricket on April 22, 2010, 14:40 GMT

    Some ppl here put comment just for sake of it as they dont have any base while criticising Sachin. Though there is no need to prove his ability... one can still go to Statsguru and check his performances in Finals and also crucial matches as pointed by Quazar's comments. I do want to see Sachin play a vital role in finals and win IPL3 for MI who is the only team to deserve to win. IPL3 point table also shows how easily MI team stands out of all other teams who are class below MI. Even if Sachin doesnt play, I am sure MI has enough strength to smash any team out of Mumbai for good! :)

  • ssrp on April 22, 2010, 14:30 GMT

    Alexk400 you are almost there.. Just 20 short!!

    Hope "The Great Sachin" recovers and lead MI to win!

  • dev_gov on April 23, 2010, 20:51 GMT

    Happy birthday in advance to you Sachin. Good Luck in the finals.

  • JaiBhajranBali on April 23, 2010, 14:42 GMT

    I am not a Saching HATER or LOVER. but i always like to see a good talent and good cricket game. Injuries are part and parcels of the any sport and I dont think i will pray that Saching should be alright to play for Mumbai in the finals. If any other youngster gets a chance to play in the place of Saching and (may) perform well that could be a door for him and for Indian Cricket.

    Indian Cricket is not about any INDIVIDUAL. though i feel bad for sachin for his injury.

  • on April 23, 2010, 7:12 GMT

    All of you "Sachin Haters" if you really hate him don't visit his pages or read articles on him. I don't think you have to be here, you have to be somewhere else praising your heroes instead of abusing our hero. Wish you best of luck Mumbai Indians, we love you Sachin hope you will recover soon.

    Happy Birthday in advance.

  • avi_nashkr on April 23, 2010, 5:31 GMT

    the chances are slim as the stitches would take a minimum of 8 days to heal and be ultimately removed then. and for all the people who like writing against sachin - get over it.

  • short-fine-leg on April 23, 2010, 5:08 GMT

    There was this time at my office when we were discussing the 'inability' of Sachin to play in pressure situations. One of my colleagues said, "It seems that Sachin does not play in pressure situations because pressure builds up only after he gets out! As long as he batting, there is no pressure at all!" Case closed.

  • on April 23, 2010, 3:11 GMT

    sachin will play the final and win it for mumbai

  • on April 22, 2010, 16:15 GMT

    I wish Sachin a good recovery for the final. Irrespective of who wins, sachin has to play the finals ( i hope so ).

  • Gupta.Ankur on April 22, 2010, 15:17 GMT

    Its so disturbing to see that no article on Tendulkar go without sick comments being made about him......

    We Sachin fans don't need to pull-out stats nor do we say anything in favour,coz 21yrs of pure godliness are more than enough...

    Also for those new to the game,Cricket is played by 11 member teams.

  • ilove_cricket on April 22, 2010, 14:40 GMT

    Some ppl here put comment just for sake of it as they dont have any base while criticising Sachin. Though there is no need to prove his ability... one can still go to Statsguru and check his performances in Finals and also crucial matches as pointed by Quazar's comments. I do want to see Sachin play a vital role in finals and win IPL3 for MI who is the only team to deserve to win. IPL3 point table also shows how easily MI team stands out of all other teams who are class below MI. Even if Sachin doesnt play, I am sure MI has enough strength to smash any team out of Mumbai for good! :)

  • ssrp on April 22, 2010, 14:30 GMT

    Alexk400 you are almost there.. Just 20 short!!

    Hope "The Great Sachin" recovers and lead MI to win!

  • on April 22, 2010, 13:48 GMT

    Tendulkar and kieron pollard r 2 people who hav done a lot for mumbai indians this IPL, if they both dont play then mumbai chances go diving to a minimum becos deccan and chennai r peaking in form and to stop them will be difficult.

  • rdr_1019 on April 22, 2010, 13:42 GMT

    @ Priya Dutta: I don't know what your problem is but when Sachin is injured, there are billion other people around the world who pray for him. He is not just a cricketer, he is god for some people and if you don't respect the legend, you might as well stop following cricket because people like you you don't deserve to watch him play.

    Anyways, we all hope that he will be fit as soon as possible so we can see him in action. Get well soon "Champion".

  • Kurapati on April 22, 2010, 13:34 GMT

    @ Priya Dutta, If you are tired of watching SRT play then don't watch it, as simple as that. Just because of you are tired of watching his play (it's like 1.3 Billion - 1) who cares that statement.. just calm down and relax. Sachin is gonna fit and will be ready to rock in Finals and coming WC2011

  • damanji on April 22, 2010, 13:31 GMT

    @ priya dutt.. i dont know how much she knows about the game but Sachin has been the greatest of all batsmen ever been in the game and being tired of his classic batting she might as well be tired of the game itself... SRT is the best ... and im sure will be there on the ground sunday evening and get the trophy for Mumbai indians

  • on April 22, 2010, 13:18 GMT

    Well Priya is lookinfg 4 some attention here. M not sure if she is the same Priya as the one who is the Sanjay Datta's sister but watever I would like to suggest her to focus on the game itself and her mindset will B OK. Her remarks are disconcerting and disrespectful. I hope he gets fit 4 the big final. All the Best..

  • lateflick on April 22, 2010, 13:14 GMT

    @ Alex

    What man you want a spiritual guru to play cricket or what? No arrogance? No pressure? No feel?

  • on April 22, 2010, 13:10 GMT

    irrespective whether sachin plays or not in the finals of IPL........he is a great classy player

  • lateflick on April 22, 2010, 13:07 GMT

    Hehe the people who criticizing sachin are indirectly criticizing bradman, vv richards, steve waugh, pnying, wasim akram ...and all classical and wonderful players of cricket. They all respected him coz they dont know cricket or they cant analyse cricket? These criticizing people are very silly and responding as if they invented this game. It happens in India only. Foreigners respect gandhi, but we dont. Foreigners respect india, but we wont. Criticizing icons became fashion these days. And all who know cricket knows what is sachin and all other great players

  • on April 22, 2010, 13:05 GMT

    come on sachin...u can play...we would love to see u thr..

  • deesekar on April 22, 2010, 13:00 GMT

    sachin cannot handle pressure.......hmmmm.let me tell u an ex INDIA rched semis in 96wc where maestro was leading run scorer.he broke his own record in 2003 wc we went 1 step further n entered finals.in other 3 WCs he failed n INDIA didnt even qualify 4 super 6`s in 2 WCs.so much we depend on him.yet ppl criticise him.he is d greatest.batsman should be measured on a scale of sachin.

  • sachin nair on April 22, 2010, 12:56 GMT

    All sachin haters...keep barking...and laying eggs.....We dont care...Need not really justify sachin's greatness to you dumb people....

    Come on Sachin...we could see how charged up and committed you are!! Get well soon and bring the trophy home with yet another fabulous performance. Mumbai Indians, you rock as a team.Hardly has any team dominated the IPL like you ever before.You deserve to win it.

  • Arkrockz on April 22, 2010, 12:39 GMT

    Guys... I believe Sachin wasn't a very good captain when he was made the captain of the Indian Cricket team. He wasn't very successful during that short period of time. But now his captaincy seems much stronger and it has improved a lot. He is leading from the front in the IPL-3 for MI and I hope he will recover in time to play the final. People who criticize Sachin and his captaincy... they are still stuck in the past and they don't want to see the present reality. Why don't you guys appreciate his performance and captaincy at the present rather than criticizing him for his previous experiences with captaincy??? He is a much better captain at the present... and we don't know about the future. So lets just enjoy his game at the present and cheer for him whenever he goes out in the middle. I am sure that Sachin is going to play in the final and MI is going to win the IPL this season. I believe there is still something left for him to achieve in this IPL, apart from winning the final !!!

  • phoenixrkan on April 22, 2010, 12:39 GMT

    @ priya dutta., Are u in ur right mind?if u r tired of sachin, i say u r tired of cricket..wishing that he retires?shame on u...are u an indian first?

  • vinodnevgi on April 22, 2010, 12:28 GMT

    I am not aware even if people know that Sachin being so gifted still spent more than 6 hours practicing, training & working hard almost every day,Its necessary to make a point that he is one of the greatest school cricketer globlally as he has scored more hundreds, double hundreds & triple hundreds than a test cricketer would score entire life at school level….i am surprised how can "Crcinfo" entertain personal opinions about some one like "Sachin" from bunch of jerks

  • cool_vimal on April 22, 2010, 12:25 GMT

    well i don care for ppl like Alek400,,,the world knows sachin very well,,,,if he plays or not he will be the first man for IPL2010 remembered (if he does n't play ny more frm now) but i wish he could play this final and the future IPL tournaments as well....n happy b'day in advance SIR SACHIN....

  • vinodnevgi on April 22, 2010, 11:59 GMT

    I figure that its way to stupid and more over insane to let the likes of some Tom, Dick & harry like "Alexk400"write their personal opnions abt a genius like Sachin .. I am not aware even if people know that Sachin being so gifted still spent more than 6 hours practicing, training & working hard almost every day, Its necessary to make a point that he is one the greatest school cricketer in the whole world as he has scored more hundreds, double hundreds & triple hundreds than a test cricketer would score entire life at school level

  • on April 22, 2010, 11:41 GMT

    Good too see sachin getting injured.. hopefully he wont play IPL final and maybe retire from cricket.. Coz iam tired of this guy..

  • vinodnevgi on April 22, 2010, 11:41 GMT

    Injury at a strangled time has just added curiosity not only to one and all but also to the Master "Sachin" himself. Honestly admitting Mumbai Indians have taken every1 by the storm of their breath, and rightly so deserve to be in the finals Mumbai Indians are expected to be crowned the champions of 2010 not only for the outstanding performance on the field with all the wins they achieved but also more importantly for their sheer discipline, grit, unity and hard work. We wish, hope & pray that "Sachin" strives out to take guard on Sunday for a very special one.

  • on April 22, 2010, 11:29 GMT

    SAchin is a great cricketer and deserves all the love he gets. He is a humble man and can see why other cricketers are his fan. No arrogance like Kohli or Yuvraj in his old bones

  • on April 22, 2010, 11:27 GMT

    Ok.. Now that's why I call a joke.. Sachin scared of the pressure.. going by this sachin-lay-egg-on-any-pressure-situation theory, he would have been severely injured in 1991 and would never have recovered from it.

  • Chaotic on April 22, 2010, 11:07 GMT

    yess mumbai will lose deccan must win

  • sathish4042 on April 22, 2010, 10:22 GMT

    Sachin is simply the great...he will surely play in the final despite injury...He has done a great job by leading his juniors as role model....he is going to be the man of the tournament....Common Sachin...

  • on April 22, 2010, 9:51 GMT

    @ nzf-Solid.. watever u say here doesnt make sense at all - "neway i personally don wan MI to take IPL3....coz i dn want MI 2 win in SACHINS captaincy.......he is a brilliant player but not a brilliant captain........" Dude, u are saying u dont want mumbai to win just because Sachin Tendulkar's cantaincy shudnt be successful.. but reaching semi finals and now finals itself proves you wrong.. I agree hes not the greatest captain, but aint he proving something here? His team has so well performed and supported each other so well.. apart from sachin himself, there are no standout performances but all have done well in chunks.. i feel sorry for the ppl like you who just want to write anything just for the sake of writing.. Cheers to Sachin!!

  • Quazar on April 22, 2010, 9:37 GMT

    Some very silly comments by 1 silly person. If Sachin can't perform under pressure, then why have opponents respected / feared him for 20 years, and why do rival captains / bowlers still celebrate like crazy when he gets out? And how come he averages 56 in ODI finals (far more than the other 2 masters Lara, Ponting)? Who top scored for India (as well as overall for the tourney) in the 1996 and 2003 World Cups, and led his team into the semis ('96) and finals ('03)? Who knocked out Oz from the first 2 ICC knockout mini-WCs (Kenya and Dhaka)? Who bowled the crucial last over vs SA in the Hero Cup semis (virtual mini-WC) and won the game by giving just 3 runs (and then bowled out Brian Lara in the final)? Who has the 2nd highest score (175) in an ODI chase? Who top scored in both VB finals in Oz, and the triseries final in SL last year? Finally (though one could keep going), who has led from the front (with 4 MoMs) as well as instilled belief in his youngsters to get MI into the semis?

  • on April 22, 2010, 9:36 GMT

    Don't worry guys..............I hope Sachin will be alright for the final clash and produce a belter of an innings...

  • on April 22, 2010, 9:33 GMT

    It would be the worst ever injury for Sachin if he is unablen to play in the finals

  • on April 22, 2010, 8:54 GMT

    just 2 inform all dose idiots who didnt watch da catch srsly.... DA CATCH WAS CLEAN ND SACHIN THOUGHT HE HAD CAUGHT IT... he didnt say nyfing 2 dravid 2 go back 2 da pavillion but waited 4 da 3rd umpire....

    IF U PLAY CRICKET, U WILL REALISE DAT MANY DIVING CATCHES SEEM 2 B CAUGHT BY DA PERSON BUT A FEATHER OF DA BOWL TOUCHES DA GRASS....

    in yesterdays occasion, batsman was given benifit of doubt since it was very close...

    GUYZ TALKING BOUT his integrty..... HE IS DA MOST HUMBLEST PERSON ON EARTH...

  • on April 22, 2010, 8:54 GMT

    Let us all pray to god to god so that he can be fit to play for MI and win the trophy.

  • on April 22, 2010, 8:47 GMT

    JUST LUV IT WEN SUM1 LYK ZAK praises SACHIN so much...

  • cktckt on April 22, 2010, 8:42 GMT

    This Alexk400 is defnitely from across our neighbouring border where u hardly find even one batsman even 2% as talented as SACHIN.

  • tavitayya.mudda on April 22, 2010, 8:27 GMT

    Hold on !!! r u sure DC is weeker than RCB, RCB lost tow matches to DC, then how come it's true that RCB is stronger than DC. remember they have won all the 5 matches in consecutive , If DC lost in semi final , it's ok, or else again we can see two year successive champion DC

  • on April 22, 2010, 8:09 GMT

    Hats off to Tendulkar as being the captain of mumbai indians and leading his team to the finals of IPL-3.I HOPE Tendulkar will be available for the finals....He has done a great job by leading his juniors as role model...As far as Tendulkars age is concerned his performance and consisrency increasing with his age...

  • Nzf-India on April 22, 2010, 8:05 GMT

    Alek 400............I agree wd u ............but m not sachin hater...he did lot 4 india..scoring 200 is not a joke......but still i think wat u think was rite in some manner.....but the way u critisized him....dis is sum sort of exageration 2wards him....neway i personally don wan MI to take IPL3....coz i dn want MI 2 win in SACHINS captaincy.......he is a brilliant player but not a brilliant captain........

  • killerjam on April 22, 2010, 7:16 GMT

    @ ALEXk400. i do agree with you on some sense that tendulkar does seem to under perform in pressure situations but then again all players do. but this is not every time, he has his good days and has his bad days. cant you remember last year in india, the series against australia, australia blasted 350+ runs, tendulkar scored 175 in that chase and in the end india lost by 5 runs, he almost chased the total down by him self!!! all you tendulkar haters always seem to forget the times where he has played well in pressure situations. even people that dont know the first thing about cricket know who tendulkar is and know he is the best. just look at his record for pete's sake. all the hundreds, fifties, highest run scorer in odi and tests, man of match awards, etc, no matter what anyone says about sachin, he is the best, its proven all over the internet and proven to 99% or the cricekting & sports world despite the 1% of jealous sachin haters

  • Quazar on April 22, 2010, 6:59 GMT

    Also, Dravid did the right thing by standing his ground...it was simply too close...and the 3rd umpire rightfully ruled in his favour. And as the replay clearly showed, Tendulkar's face had already turned away before the final microsec of the attempted catch...hence he was mistaken. I'm sure Dravid and he must have ribbed each other about it after the match!

  • on April 22, 2010, 6:56 GMT

    International cricket there are 11 for match fixing, here 88 :)!! RCB down down!!

  • on April 22, 2010, 6:53 GMT

    I think Sachin deserves to win the IPL this year. Its his one of the last tournament before he signs off. He has to win all before he bids the adieu. He truly deserves to win , seeing the way he has guided his team into the finals.We should have full trust in him. Mumbai Indians Rock!!! Sachin Rocks!!!

  • vaibhav41 on April 22, 2010, 6:41 GMT

    @All the people who are criticising Sachin Tendulkar

    SACHIN HAS AN AVG. OF 56 (approx) IN ALL ODI FINALS, 2ND HIGHEST OF ALL TIMES which is Fractionally less than VIV Richards. And mind you he has played more ODI finals than Sir Viv. And you retards say he crumbles under pressure!!! Forget 1 billion people, have you even ever experienced the burden of expectations of 1000 people who believe you will deliver the best every time you perform??? And you talk about handling pressure!!!

  • SomB on April 22, 2010, 6:31 GMT

    i feel pity for those who feel that Sach has failed in pressure cooker situations. Blame it on their ignorance or un-education! India has not won a world cup in the time Sachin played ? yes But the two times Inda went to the semis(96) and finals(03) was full on Sachs batting perf. There was no other batsman in the team other than Sachin ever! So please dont make a fool out of yourself by making such stupid statements... Sach rules and he will play in the finals for sure!

  • Gupta.Ankur on April 22, 2010, 6:30 GMT

    Oh wow,Now Sachin has become injured because of pressure? hahahaaaaa..............i can't believe it....................it surely can't get more hilarious than this...............

  • Gupta.Ankur on April 22, 2010, 6:03 GMT

    Its so disturbing to see that no article on Tendulkar go without sick comments being made about him......

    We Sachin fans don't need to pull-out stats nor do we say anything in favour,coz 21yrs of pure godliness are more than enough...

    Also for those new to the game,Cricket is played by 11 member teams.

  • on April 22, 2010, 5:59 GMT

    Sachin has led Mumbai Indains into the finals and it won't be a good sight to see master-blaster benched up. He is lucky that MI played the 1st semi-final, so he has today (2nd semis) & tomorrow (rest day) to have a glance at it and make the important decision of playing or not.

  • on April 22, 2010, 5:54 GMT

    I hope it is not the money pressure that is acting on others acting on Sachin too, health first. Anyways, if you feel you are fit, Mumbai needs you, otherwise rest over it. You have more obligations to team india whenever they play ODI or Tests and they are certainly more important.

  • prashant1 on April 22, 2010, 5:41 GMT

    Alek400… Tendulkar has 33 hundreds in winning causes, has made runs eveywhere and in real pressure cooker situations (he averages 56 with 6 hundreds in ODI finals v Ponting's 38 or Lara's 28). I have mentioned before- our only job in life is gettiing on every single Tendulkar article and posting negative comments. Please vist a psychologist to cure this serious malady of yours.

  • vparisa on April 22, 2010, 5:37 GMT

    @Alexk400: I agree Sachin failed and yes there have been lot of instances where he failed in pressure situations, but pollard did not win this match single handedly. Credit must go to Rayudu and Tiwary for setting the platform and making the Bangalore bowlers go on backfoot. Pollard did the damage but the platform was laid and Tiwary was going great guns. He bowled well so did the other MI bowlers.

  • short-fine-leg on April 22, 2010, 5:19 GMT

    More than half the nation would be praying for Sachin to get well, so do I... The ugly IPL trophy is coming to elegant Sachin this time!

    @Alexk400 - Yes, Sachin is not competent enough to play in pressure situations. It has been documented million times. But we still want to see him on the pitch one more time, don't we?

  • on April 22, 2010, 5:18 GMT

    God of Cricket Master SRT molded his team very well. After he got out early, Tiwary was brilliant and pollard was exceptional. SRT is very determined in this IPL 2010.God of Cricket will play the final with God's grace. Weekend is off for GOD too so he will come to watch one of his "AVATAR" He will win surely for MI. Need great Knock like one against Oz CB sries. In advance Wish you Happy Birthday Sachin.

  • afsal009 on April 22, 2010, 5:06 GMT

    Fingers Crossed...Hoping That Little Master Will play...! He Was Such An Inspiratin For The Mumbai Indians..!

  • donmoras on April 22, 2010, 4:54 GMT

    MI can win the IPL with or without Sachin. Just see how many world cups India has won in the presence of Sachin ? Even the T20 world cup was won without him.. So no worries..... MI can win IPL if they play well and stick to their game plan. Good performance from Pollard, Malinga(good throws), Zaheer(perfect yorkers), Bhajji(Some abusing), Tiwary(fluke hittings), Rayudu and so on........

  • on April 22, 2010, 4:19 GMT

    Hope for his early recovery........Just we are praying to GOD.......................

  • Gupta.Ankur on April 22, 2010, 4:08 GMT

    Sachin being such a commited man,i am sure he would have played even with a broken finger......

    MI will win this time for sure,coz CSK&DC are even weaker then RCB.............And i hope you get well soon-Alex....

  • The_Manimal on April 22, 2010, 3:52 GMT

    Sachin looks, feels and has acted like a man on a mission. He's steered the Indian youngsters in the MI team to their full potential, he's been patient with his match winners when everyone said drop them and he has shown abstinence towards flair in his own batting to ensure he bats long. There is no doubt that he will take the field during the final - split webbing or not!! And he will lead MI to lift the trophy!!

  • on April 22, 2010, 3:50 GMT

    If Sachin can't be there to play the Finals, then its not his bad luck. Instead its the bad luck of IPL not to be touched by the God of Cricket

  • on April 22, 2010, 3:29 GMT

    Sachin is master of the Game no doubt. His inspirational presence was enough for RCB. See the body language of MI in last to matches against KKR and now semifinal against RCB. His mighty presence gave boost to his teammates to perform. Sachin you rock. Go and win final against CSK (probably). Happy b'day to you in advance.

  • SriRCB on April 22, 2010, 3:26 GMT

    I just love this media people. Whatever Sachin does becomes great and fail to report the truth and hide the reality!

    Until yesterday I had great respect for Tendulkar. However, when he clamed the catch of Dravid even when he knew that it was not a clean catch, I lost all respect. And during the commentary, our legend and prime supporter of Tendulkar, Mr. Gavaskar was talking in favor of Sachin and was making excuses for Sachin. What a petty! Leave alone Mr. Gavaskar, Mr. Shastri and Mr. Bhogle the two jokers were openly supporting Mumbai Indians. It's time for introspection for these three jokers and Tendulkar.

  • _Oracle_ on April 22, 2010, 3:00 GMT

    @Alexk:: Dude you may have had a point about a couple years ago.. But Sachin is different player now. He delivers in pressure situation all the time.. Sachin was a match-winner before and Sachin is a match-winner now. He failed in a couple of occasions but don't forget desert-storm and don't forget Chennai test in 2008. Also remember VB series finals?

  • on April 22, 2010, 2:46 GMT

    Sachin will play the finals even if he is half fit. Thats his commitment for his team and the game he loves. Even a half fit Sachin is good enough to scare the opposition

  • The_Dynamite_Kid on April 22, 2010, 2:45 GMT

    @Alexk400 Sachin not good on big matches and pressure situations? LOL .... based on what? Based on a mickey mouse meaningless IPL semi-final match?

    Let's see his performance in Tournament Finals of ODI cricket-

    Innings - 38, Runs - 1833, Ave - 55.54, SR - 87.41, 100's - 6, 50's -10

    Now the next question most sore losers will ask is what's his contribution in Tournament Finals won by India (now since they have been slapped with the truth about his ability in big matches).

    Let's see his performance in Tournament Finals won by India -

    Innings - 16, Runs - 1237, Ave - 103.08, SR - 97.70, 100's - 6, 50's -5

  • GreatIndian on April 22, 2010, 2:27 GMT

    Mr AlexK400..If sachin hadn't played those knocks in IPL3, MI wouldn't have even made to the semifinal.You talk about pressure,what about VB series against AUS,Compaq series against SL..who played in the final?..Sachin himself.You are only here to criticize him..thats it!!..Even he should not play in final..why he should he?..he has done his job..let him allow others to play..people like pollard,tiwary,rayadu..Even you can play man..i really want to see you playing cricket..i am sure you wouldn't even score -1..you deserve that score of -1

  • on April 22, 2010, 2:15 GMT

    It is fitting sachin plays on sunday and once its not that serious he will play even if there is some oain.....looking forward to see polly take off again good game fellas

  • Gobs4u on April 22, 2010, 2:06 GMT

    Dear Mr.Alex, Sachin is great and you can't do some bullying on him. Look at recent indian wins on the finals - In Australia he won the cup for india single handedly on both finals. In SL he won the match again for India. So please be fair with the master after he has done so far so much with his career.

  • on April 22, 2010, 2:01 GMT

    Injuries do matter at times...but what wont matter for sure is another millions of Alexk400's posting millions of nasty comments another million timtes at millions of places,

    Sachin is a winner already!!!

  • Mithrindir on April 22, 2010, 1:57 GMT

    I really wish a fast recovery for BOSS........ get well soon BOSS.... and i would love to watch you play the finals.....

  • on April 22, 2010, 1:42 GMT

    get well soon master, happy birthday to you in advance !!!

  • kaarthik9925 on April 22, 2010, 1:29 GMT

    Long Live Sachin You should be as determined to win the 2011 World cup for India. As a MI fan I pray that you recover before the Finals

  • sanjukr on April 22, 2010, 1:24 GMT

    Dear alex 65 MAN OF THE MATCH in ODI is not the parental gift he earn this that is the told whole story about tackling pressure by MASTER

  • on April 22, 2010, 1:01 GMT

    As soon as Gavaskar saw Dravid not walking, he started counting the number of years Sachin and Dravid were playing together / sharing the dressing room and started to express his surprise that Dravid was not walking. But the second replay he saw, he shut his mouth and said the ball indeed touched his ground. Goes to prove the towering gem called Rahul Dravid. I don't think Sachin or Dravid would care if either of them stood their ground while other took a similar catch, but the old man with an acid tongue spoke way too soon to expose his colors. For the records, I am neither a Mumbai or a RCB fan, merely a fan of Sachin and Kumble.

  • KingSolomon on April 22, 2010, 0:35 GMT

    Tendulkar i wud say is a dumb player...he knew the ball touched the ground n he still jumped like a maniac..good player no doubt...he's okay...he was just embrassed to come back to the ground due to correct decision...he should learn from dis and nver do it again..honesty is a key to success...

  • Alexk400 on April 21, 2010, 23:43 GMT

    I am the loneley Sachin hater out of 1 BILLION. I am proud of it. I am the only one speak the truth as it is. Sachin will do always good when things are benign. When people challenge he find a way to choke.

    Anyone seen Kumble angry face on TV when Pollard making mince meat of him? Two no balls in an over!. He is supposed to be great?. He is the reason bangalore lost and no one else.

    I do not know sachin play but i think sachin wants to play mainly because he thinks pollard win it for him.

    Sachin is also wants to play 2011 world cup because he thinks sehwag and dhoni win it for him so he can take credit!. He is pathetic. He play well in all useless games and lay egg in pressure games. Always was and always will.

  • vimalan on April 21, 2010, 23:07 GMT

    @Alex

    is it? Remember just recently he won us two big finals against Aus and one final against SL. And I am not even talking about all wins here...as expected, one failure from him, and the so called experts have started..funny

  • genius19 on April 21, 2010, 22:38 GMT

    @ sparth: royal challengers still have a game left....so kallis can still snatch the orange cap

  • Go_F.Alonso on April 21, 2010, 21:57 GMT

    As a fan of both teams playing the other semi-final, I rebutt @no_second_chance_for_batsman's prayer & hope that Sachin gets better only after the IPL. Instead, here's wishing the winner of CSK vs DC win the final as well, whether or not the shorty plays.

  • Ammy88 on April 21, 2010, 21:21 GMT

    He has to be there in the finals , the master is needed everywhere , u can see the last league match of IPL3 without sachin was boring

  • kamran990 on April 21, 2010, 21:20 GMT

    If deccan chargers win tommrow Sachin i would be happy if u r not fit for final....... Deccan Chargers Fan

  • ChuckyDoll on April 21, 2010, 21:16 GMT

    Yeah... put him in an oxygen chamber! Just like Dwight Freeny (Colts) right before Superbowl. These athletes heal amazingly fast. C'mmon now, people play with broken ribs and fingers in NFL, which is a contact sport, all the time. Pop some painkillers and bat. I'm sure he will. I'm just another optimistic Bombay'ite.

  • on April 21, 2010, 21:15 GMT

    @ Alex, as far as SRT's analysis, I fully agree with you that SRT has never catered in pressure situations.

    But, above all ifs and buts he is our little master, holding so many records so we must wish him speedy recovery so that IPL3 finale becomes a hit. He should be playing inspite of this injury.

    lets wait and watch.

  • sanzo5 on April 21, 2010, 21:13 GMT

    Alexk400... i dont know what you are thinking about sachin and pressure situations but still.. the last three instances when the indian team reached finals of a series.. sachin has scored 117*, 91 and 138*.... and dont worry sachin will play well in the finals.... he scored 673 runs in 2003 worldcup with a broken finger.... and u dont deserve to say words about sachin or kumble.... everyone hates loosing and kumble is a human being too...

  • VijayRajan on April 21, 2010, 21:12 GMT

    He may never win a WC. It will be good to see him win IPL-3 for MI and himself.

  • cheeseburgers on April 21, 2010, 20:54 GMT

    Whatever happens so!! it seems Tendulkar is much much determined to win IPL 2010 this time judging by the body language... anyways happy birthday Sachin in advance :)

  • on April 21, 2010, 20:36 GMT

    Best wishes for Sachin, No doubt he is the backbone for MIs, his very presence on the field is an inspiration for team mates

  • on April 21, 2010, 20:35 GMT

    get well soon master!! You deserve to be in final and win it for mumbai indians and cricket!!

  • sparth on April 21, 2010, 20:34 GMT

    This may be the end of Mumbai now :(. Shame really, Sachin really deserves to win the IPL. At least he gets to keep the orange cap

  • no_second_chance_for_batsman on April 21, 2010, 20:18 GMT

    I would pray for Sachin to be fit for Sunday Finals... Cheers, Kumar

  • on April 21, 2010, 20:12 GMT

    he wil play .. he is the master... n wil definitely get the cup for mumbai indians....

  • Alexk400 on April 21, 2010, 20:02 GMT

    Sachin lay egg on any pressure situation. Nothing surprise me what and how sachin mind works. Yes you may say it is accidental. He is just not good in pressure situation. It is documented million times.

    Pollard single handedly won it for Mumbai Indians and kumble is one angry losing captain. Never see worst than that one. He is not TV friendly when he is angry. Oh my my...that was some face when pollard crushing him.

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  • Alexk400 on April 21, 2010, 20:02 GMT

    Sachin lay egg on any pressure situation. Nothing surprise me what and how sachin mind works. Yes you may say it is accidental. He is just not good in pressure situation. It is documented million times.

    Pollard single handedly won it for Mumbai Indians and kumble is one angry losing captain. Never see worst than that one. He is not TV friendly when he is angry. Oh my my...that was some face when pollard crushing him.

  • on April 21, 2010, 20:12 GMT

    he wil play .. he is the master... n wil definitely get the cup for mumbai indians....

  • no_second_chance_for_batsman on April 21, 2010, 20:18 GMT

    I would pray for Sachin to be fit for Sunday Finals... Cheers, Kumar

  • sparth on April 21, 2010, 20:34 GMT

    This may be the end of Mumbai now :(. Shame really, Sachin really deserves to win the IPL. At least he gets to keep the orange cap

  • on April 21, 2010, 20:35 GMT

    get well soon master!! You deserve to be in final and win it for mumbai indians and cricket!!

  • on April 21, 2010, 20:36 GMT

    Best wishes for Sachin, No doubt he is the backbone for MIs, his very presence on the field is an inspiration for team mates

  • cheeseburgers on April 21, 2010, 20:54 GMT

    Whatever happens so!! it seems Tendulkar is much much determined to win IPL 2010 this time judging by the body language... anyways happy birthday Sachin in advance :)

  • VijayRajan on April 21, 2010, 21:12 GMT

    He may never win a WC. It will be good to see him win IPL-3 for MI and himself.

  • sanzo5 on April 21, 2010, 21:13 GMT

    Alexk400... i dont know what you are thinking about sachin and pressure situations but still.. the last three instances when the indian team reached finals of a series.. sachin has scored 117*, 91 and 138*.... and dont worry sachin will play well in the finals.... he scored 673 runs in 2003 worldcup with a broken finger.... and u dont deserve to say words about sachin or kumble.... everyone hates loosing and kumble is a human being too...

  • on April 21, 2010, 21:15 GMT

    @ Alex, as far as SRT's analysis, I fully agree with you that SRT has never catered in pressure situations.

    But, above all ifs and buts he is our little master, holding so many records so we must wish him speedy recovery so that IPL3 finale becomes a hit. He should be playing inspite of this injury.

    lets wait and watch.