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Sachin not certain of playing against Rajasthan Royals tomorrow

Mumbai, May 6 (UNI) Mumbai Indians are likely to be without their captain and icon player Sachin Tendulkar for the seventh match in a row, when they take on Rajasthan Royals tomorrow.

Tendulkar, who has not yet played a single match in the DLF Indian Premier League so far, told reporters here, ''I don't know whether I will play tomorrow or not. I am working on my fitness with my physio now. I think I will play when I become fit.'' Tendulkar, who is nursing a groin injury, said.

The batting maestro said he has been under no pressure from any quarter to start playing in the IPL, though he wanted to be in the thick of action as soon as possible and help his side maintain the winning momentum.

''I want to play in the IPL as soon as possible. But, I have not been under any pressure. My team owner (Mukesh Ambani) told me to concentrate on recovery from my injury, so I will play when I am fit,'' he said.

When asked how he felt on being honoured with Padma Vibhushan, Tendulkar said, ''I am happy that the Government has given recognition to my contribution.'' UNI GS RN AB DB2041

Story first published: Tuesday, May 6, 2008, 21:05 [IST]
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