Sachin's hand injury to be assessed in 2 days: Zaheer

<img border='0' align='left' title=' ' src='' class='caption'> Mumbai pacer Zaheer Khan has said that Sachin Tendulkar's hand injury will be assessed in 2 days to take a call on his participation in the final.

Updated: April 22, 2010 06:54 IST
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The condition of Mumbai Indians captain Sachin Tendulkar's hand injury would be assessed in a couple of days and a call taken whether he will play in the April 25 IPL final or not, pacer Zaheer Khan said on Wednesday.

"I did not have a chance to talk to Sachin in dressing room because everyone was celebrating by jumping up and down but (coach) Robin (Singh) said that the injury needed five stitches and a call will be taken on his playing (in the final) in two days' time," said Zaheer at the post-match press-conference after his side thumped Bangalore by 35 runs to storm into their maiden IPL final here.

Tendulkar suffered a right hand webbing split while taking a dropped catch of Dravid in the fourth over and he did not field after that during Bangalore's run chase.

Zaheer said Tendulkar's injury just three days before his 37th birthday was a "bit of worry".

"It (Tendulkar's injury) is a bit of a worry. We hope and all Mumbai Indians fans hope that he can play in the final. We would take a call in a couple of days," he said.

Zaheer gave credit to Ambati Rayudu, who made 40 in 38 balls, and Saurabh Tiwary, who came up with a quick-fire unbeaten 52 in 31 balls, for setting up the victory for Mumbai after they lost Tendulkar and Shikhar Dhawan with only 29 on board.

"I thought both Rayudu and Tiwary batted very well. Our aim was to get to 170 as the wicket was turning and it was difficult to play Kevin Pietersen and (Anil) Kumble. And 180-plus (184 for 5) was a good total to defend. We knew we had the bowling attack," he said.

Zaheer, who captained the side with Tendulkar off the field, said the team was happy to make it to the final.

Asked if an IPL title triumph would be the ideal birthday gift to Tendulkar, Zaheer said, "It would be a belated gift."

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