Sachin positive ahead of Nagpur Test

Master blaster Sachin Tendulkar attended the nets again this morning.

updated: February 25, 2007 10:08 IST
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Master blaster Sachin Tendulkar attended the nets again this morning. While the batsman has increased the intensity of his batting sessions, the final decision on if he will play at Nagpur or not will only be taken on Saturday. Intense session Meanwhile, the star batsman used a lighter bat for practice today. He batted for 40 minutes at a stretch, by far the longest and most intense session that Sachin has had ever since he started his physical rehabilitation training program for his tennis elbow injury three weeks ago. "Everyday we've been increasing the intensity of the batting sessions. Today everything seems fine. The body has responded quite nicely. We just have to wait and see," Sachin said. Crucial day Batting with a support on his left elbow, which reduces the weight on his arm, Sachin was able to strike the ball fairly hard and run a few singles. But a final decision on his fitness will only be made this weekend. "Sachin has done everything we've asked him to do and he's come through pretty well. We just need to see how he responds to that the next day," said the team physio Andrew Leipus. Sachin Tendulkar seems satisfied with his progress so far. But according to the team's support staff, Saturday would be the most crucial day to ensure that the batsman feels no soreness or stiffness in his elbow and only then would they consider clearing him to play in the Nagpur Test.