Tendulkar happy after return

Sachin Tendulkar

Indian hero Sachin Tendulkar © Getty Images

Sachin Tendulkar cut a happy figure on Sunday after proving his fitness in India’s resounding victory over England in the ICC Champions Trophy.

The ‘Little Master’ made 35 at the top of the order as India chased down England’s total of 125 for the loss of six wickets.

Although the margin of victory was distorted by a late flurry of dismissals, India were comfortable winners.

Tendulkar said: “I thought this was a wonderful game for us and, personally yes I got some time in the middle.

“We started the game very well. Irfan (Pathan) bowled a wonderful spell, Munaf Patel got some wickets backed by some very good fielding so overall it was a good match for us.

Sachin Tendulkar

Sachin Tendulkar hit 35 for India

“To have chased a bigger total would have been tough because the wicket had started to become uneven and the odd ball kept low.”

Tendulkar has missed the last five months with a shoulder injury and some sceptics even thought his career may be over.

But he insists he is well on the way to making a full recovery.

He added: “It (the injury) is holding up quite nicely.

It’s behind me now and things are looking much brighter and I am looking forward to the season.”

India don’t play again until October 26 but Tendulkar doesn’t see the long break as a problem.

“As (captain) Rahul (Dravid) said earlier you can either lose momentum or sometimes gain it after staying away from the game,” he said.

“Sometimes it doesn’t help to just go out and practice for 10 days in a row.

“It’s a good break, you get back home, spend time with family and join up again in Ahmedabad.”

Dravid was concerned by his side’s late struggles with the bat, although he blamed some of their travails on an uneven track.

He said: “The pitch did play its part but I still think we can play better.

“We have some quality players and so that’s an area we will look at.

“I think even in these conditions and this wicket we could have batted a bit better.

“But having said that we are looking forward to the next games and happy to start the tournament the way we did.”

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