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Tendulkar struggling to be fit

Sachin Tendulkar has a race against time to be fit for the start of the high-profile Indian Premier League with the master batsman saying he is yet to fully recover from a groin injury.

With just three days left for the IPL to begin, Tendulkar told a television channel that he was not 100 per cent fit yet and was following a rehabilitation regime.

"I am a little disappointed that I was not able to play in the two important matches against South Africa. I am yet to recover fully from the injury.

"The physiotherapist and the doctor had earlier advised me rest and now they have given me the exercises and I am following their advice," he told 'Aaj Tak'.

There has been a lot of speculation about a 'rift' between senior and junior players in the Indian team, but Tendulkar rubbished such reports.

"All these rumours are baseless. I don't know who spreads these rumours and the real motive behind all this. That there is a rift between seniors and juniors in the team is not true. All of us stay together (while on tours), joke around and enjoy. It is only on the field that we are serious," said Tendulkar, who turns 35 on April 24.

On the prospects of facing long time team-mate Sourav Ganguly in the IPL, Tendulkar said, "I am looking forward to the reception in Kolkata and hope that when we are in Kolkata, Sourav will invite us over dinner and will also speak to (Kolkata Knight Riders owner) Shahrukh (Khan) then."

The next World Cup will be hosted by the sub-continent in 2011, but Tendulkar said he was not thinking that far.

"I don't think about future or past, I only live in the present," said Tendulkar.

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