Chennai: Sachin Tendulkar sustained a finger injury in his left hand and retired hurt when he tried to fend off a rising delivery from Chennai Super Kings' bowler Doug Bollinger in the opener of the Indian Premier League's fifth season here on Wednesday. However, it is still not clear whether it is a fracture or a simple bruise.
It was the fifth ball of the ninth over and Tendulkar, who was batting on 15, got a short ball from Bollinger. The ball climbed onto him as the delivery hit one of the green patches and reared up uncomfortably. Tendulkar could just fend it off as it hit him on the glove.
Tendulkar, however, faced the next delivery and got a single to go onto 16. But at the end of the over, he sought medical attention and was advised to retire, following which he was seen returning to the dug-out looking in considerable pain. He had scored 16 off 15 balls with a four and a six off Albie Morkel.
Mumbai play their next match against Pune Warriors India on Friday.