Sachin back on the nets

Updated: 25 February 2007 09:07 IST

Indian cricket fans now have something to cheer about as master blaster Sachin Tendulkar is back at the nets at Mumbai's MIG Grounds.

Sachin back on the nets

Mumbai:

Indian cricket fans now have something to cheer about as master blaster Sachin Tendulkar is back at the nets at Mumbai's MIG Grounds.Supervised by the Indian team trainer Andrew Leipus, the batsman is batting very straight for sessions of fifteen minutes.Sachin had a tennis elbow injury, which has kept him out of action since August.Return to netsAfter six weeks of complete rest he has started batting for very short spells with a lighter bat, but his return to the nets means good news for India. "Sachin has always played well for the country. And I hope he plays well now and makes a successful return to the game," said a fan. "Without Sachin, the Indian team is useless. He has to play for India," said another fan.Tendulkar has missed out on the first two Tests against Australia, but he might well be tempted to play in Nagpur since its yet another favourite hunting ground for him. In four Tests at Nagpur, he's averaging 156 with more than three scores above 150.Unclear situationWhile the national selectors have included him in the squad, it is still unclear if he will play in the Nagpur Test.The Board says there is no specific fitness test planned for Sachin. The only thing that is clear about Sachin Tendulkar's current fitness status is that it will be an ongoing process till a couple of days before the Nagpur Test.The batsman along with the team support staff will evaluate if he has managed to build up enough muscle and strength around his elbow to be able to return to test cricket.The decision on it was likely to be taken on Sunday, two days before the next test match with Australia, which begins on the 26th October.



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