Tendulkar injury paves way for Suryakumar’s inclusion

Tendulkar didn’t turn up for the Mumbai Indians’ practice sessions at the Wankhede Stadium on Thursday evening.

Written by Devendra Pandey | Mumbai | Published: April 6, 2012 12:52:42 am

A finger injury to Sachin Tendulkar during the opening game against Chennai Super Kings might see the 21-year-old hard hitter Suryakumar Yadav making it to the Mumbai Indians playing XI for their second match.

Tendulkar didn’t turn up for the Mumbai Indians’ practice sessions at the Wankhede Stadium on Thursday evening. At a promotional event that took place at the team hotel earlier,he was seen with his finger strapped. While suspense over Tendulkar’s availability will be over only on Friday evening,skipper Harbhajan Singh stressed that having him in the dressing room was still a big help.

“It’s great to have had seniors like them who have guided us on the way to make us successful cricketers. Tendulkar has been terrific with the support he has given me not just yesterday but also in the Champions T20 League. He was not in the playing 11 as he was injured but his support and guidance was very important. Without his support I don’t think we would have won the title,” he said.

Tendulkar hurt himself while playing a short ball from Australian left-arm medium-pacer Doug Bollinger in Chennai. It is reliably learnt that Harbhajan has told Suryakumar to be prepared for Friday’s game.

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