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Champion’s discomfort due to back spasms
- It’t no big deal... I’m responding well to treatment, insists Sachin tendulkar

Calcutta: It’s not a huge worry right now, but fact still is that champion bat Sachin Tendulkar has been suffering “back spasms” for the past few days.

Sachin, of course, isn’t unduly concerned though he realises that each time he sneezes, the rest of India catches a cold.

“It’s no big deal… I’m responding well to treatment and should be perfectly okay in a couple of days,” Sachin told The Telegraph.

The treatment, one understands, is largely confined to ultra-sound and massages.

Sachin hasn’t been able to put a finger on what triggered the problem, but started feeling uncomfortable after days of extensive nets in Mumbai.

It’s because of the spasms that Sachin didn’t engage in on-field training at the Eden on Sunday (Day I of the preparatory camp) and, then, didn’t field during the Sourav Ganguly XI vs Rahul Dravid XI ‘game’ on Monday.

Sachin, however, did bat thrice for the Team India captain’s side. Obviously, being in discomfort, he didn’t make an impact.

While Sachin is staying calm — he was busy unpacking the Board-couriered one-day kit when this correspondent met him at the hotel — not everybody may have forgotten that an acute form of a somewhat similar problem made him miss quite a bit of cricket in 1999.

Moreover, the Pakistan-bound squad leaves on Wednesday afternoon and the first ODI, in Karachi (where Sachin made his Test debut over 14 years ago), is as soon as Saturday.

Interacting briefly, Sachin said the tour, featuring five ODIs and three Tests, would go the way it’s destined. “But, what needs to be remembered is that each one of us will be giving hundred per cent every single minute… We won’t lack in effort,” he insisted.

Sachin added: “I know the expectations are high, but somebody’s inability to do well ought not to be misconstrued as a lack of effort… Believe me, a mature attitude is going to benefit the players…”

To put it simply, the former captain wants our cricket-obsessed nation to follow the engagements rationally and not exclusively emotionally.

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