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Tendulkar could bowl in Champions Trophy, says Dravid

Written by: Staff

Ahmedabad, Oct 25 (UNI) Sachin Tendulkar, playing only his second tournament after being on the sidelines for six months due to a shoulder injury, could once again pick up the ball and bowl, captain Rahul Dravid suggested.

Sachin, who has regained his batting touch, has of late been bowling in the nets, Dravid said, adding that he was thinking of tossing up the ball to Tendulkar in some of the remaining matches of the tournament.

''Sachin is coming along well (as a bowler). He is bowling a few balls in the nets. We might see him bowl a few overs in these games,'' Dravid told reporters here today, adding that they (the think tank) were prepared to tread cautiously on the subject in a bid of not risking any injury to the star player.

Of late, he has been turning his arms at the team's daily net sessions, with coach Greg Chappell keen to bring him back to the groove as a bowler for utilising his services during the World Cup in West Indies, where the wicket could be responsive to the star player's legbreaks and googlies.

Tendulkar as a bowler in the smaller version of the game has so far picked up 142 wickets in 368 ODIs.

Dravid further said ''We know how effective he can be as a bowler. And some very important tournaments are coming up where his services will be needed,'' the Indian captain added.

He said that gradually Tendulkar would be able to bowl his full quota of ten overs in matches.

''It's an ongoing process of getting him to bowl consistently and get him to bowl the full quota of ten overs in the big games,'' he said.


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