Leipus to assess Sachin fitness

Sachin Tendulkar today started practising with cricket ball at nets and will have his fitness assessed on May 20 with former India team physio Andrew Leipus assisting him in the final stage of his recovery, the Board said

Sachin Tendulkar started practising with cricket ball at nets and will have his fitness assessed on May 20 with former India team physio Andrew Leipus assisting him in the final stage of his recovery, the Board said.

Board secretary Niranjan Shah said since physio John Gloster will be leaving with the one-day squad to the West Indies Friday, Tendulkar’s fitness would be monitored by Leipus.

Earlier, Tendulkar, in the presence Team India’s support staff, had his first full net session. Sachin batted at the nets for nearly 25 minutes with biomechanist Iran Fraser and trainer Gregory King in tow.

The master batsman first batted for five minutes and then followed it up with another session for 20 minutes with the ball thrown at him after a break.

Incidentally, this was Tendulkar’s second day at nets after he began light workout yesterday with tennis balls with coach Greg Chappell and physio Jhon Gloster watching him. Yesterday, the master batsman practised with tennis balls.

Shah said both Sachin and Gloster expressed satisfaction at the first outing. “The return to batting is a graded process to allow for adaptation to the new loads involved and his tolerance to all new demands placed on him physically to this point have been satisfactory,” said the release from Shah.

Sachin is rushing to recover in time for the tour, especially the one-dayers, looking ahead at the World Cup next year. The first ODI starts on May 18. Sachin is likely to miss the warm-up tie that precedes it.

Source:India Sports

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