Sachin Tendulkar has recovered and will lead Mumbai Indians batting line-up: Harbhajan


The good news for Mumbai Indians is that Sachin Tendulkar has recovered from his finger injury and will lead their batting line-up. In a column in The Times Of India, Harbhajan Singh writes that having Sachin back in the side will improve the equation for Mumbai Indians a great deal.


“As a team we constantly try to evolve and pursue excellence and, at times, we will hit roadblocks. After a relatively passive period, action will heat up for us now. We have played only one game in last ten days. But, the coming ten days would be very important for us as we have to play four games in it. This includes matches, travelling and preparations. This would be a big challenge which we are ready to face. This break has also given us time to prepare and be ready for what lies ahead,” writes Bhajji, adding that so far Mumbai have played five games in the IPL and their performance has been mixed.


“We have done well as a unit, but could have done better. The last game against Delhi was a bit of an eye opener for us. I won’t hesitate to say that we didn’t bat well in the game. On a wicket where there was help for bowlers, we didn’t respect the conditions and didn’t challenge ourselves to alter our game.”


Meanwhile another column in TOI reads after enduring a relatively dull period, Team Mumbai will be back on the ground. “The last game they played against Team Delhi was a one sided affair where Delhi didn’t give them a chance to dominate. They will be dying to come back with a bang and they have all the assets to deliver the goods. The biggest plus for them would be the presence of Sachin Tendulkar in the side. I believe he has recovered from his finger injury and would feature in their next game against Team Punjab in the Wankhede Stadium. He will bring with him loads of experience and steel which was somewhat missed in the last game against Delhi. In this format a good start to the innings is paramount to construct an innings. The first six overs have power play restrictions and that’s where you need make the maximum damage. This is one aspect of the game where Mumbai have struggled a bit so far.”


Meanwhile, desperate to don his India jersey once again, cricketer Yuvraj Singh, who recently returned to the country after undergoing three cycles of chemotherapy in USA for a rare germ cell cancer, says he is set to start training in a "week or two", says a report in Indian Express.

"I'll start training in a week or two. I definitely want to get back on the field as soon as possible and wear my India cap again. "I can't really give a time right now, because I'll have to see how my body responds to the training and the workouts," Yuvraj was quoted as saying in IPL's official website.