Tendulkar has groin strain, I have a niggle: Kumble

March 30th, 2008 - 7:06 pm ICT by admin  

Chennai, March 30 (IANS) India skipper Anil Kumble Sunday dispelled concern over injuries to himself and Sachin Tendulkar ahead of the second cricket Test against South Africa starting April 3 in Ahmedabad. “It is just a niggle,” said Kumble when asked about his absence from the field during the post-lunch period on the fifth and final day of the first Test that eventually ended in a draw here.

On Tendulkar’s repeated trips to the dressing room through the day, Kumble said it was due to an upset stomach and also a “slight groin strain”.

On persistent questioning, he admitted that Tendulkar had “aggravated” a niggle (groin strain) but said he was hopeful Sachin would be fit for the second Test.

Former team physiotherapist John Gloster had earlei this month submitted a report on the team’s return from Australia, saying that Tendulkar was carrying a groin strain that required three weeks of rest. However, Tendulkar had claimed he was fully fit.

Regarding fast bowler Ishant Sharma, who sat out the first Test owing to a finger injury, Kumble said: “Ishant will remain in the squad for the second Test. We didn’t play him here as a precautionary measure.”

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