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

Tendulkar hopes to recover from finger injury for final

Cricinfo staff

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

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

  • Ajith 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.

  • Dummy4 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.

  • avinash 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.

  • Vasanth 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.

  • Dummy4 on April 23, 2010, 3:11 GMT

    sachin will play the final and win it for mumbai

  • Dummy4 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 ).

  • 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.

  • Amit 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! :)

  • Raviprakash 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!

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