Monday, August 11, 2008

Tendulkar ruled out of ODI series

An elbow injury has forced Sachin Tendulkar out of the ODI series in Sri Lanka.

Sachin Tendulkar will not play the five-ODI series in Sri Lanka after sustaining an injury to his left elbow during the third Test in Colombo. S Badrinath, the Tamil Nadu batsman, is likely to be his replacement.

"I spoke to Sachin and the team physio [Nitin Patel] this morning and I can confirm that Tendulkar has been ruled out of action for two to three weeks," Ratnakar Shetty, the BCCI's chief administrative officer, told Cricinfo.

Tendulkar had jarred his elbow while attempting a catch in the 47th over of Sri Lanka's first innings on Saturday, and was quickly taken off. An MRI scan revealed a swelling, and Tendulkar didn't take the field for the rest of the innings. However, he did bat in India's second innings on Sunday, though two places below his customary No. 4 position. Tendulkar was out for 14, which still leaves him 77 short of surpassing Brian Lara as the leading run-getter in Tests.

No replacement has been confirmed as yet, though Badrinath is the frontrunner. "I believe that the possibility of Badrinath being sent as a replacement is being discussed. But that's not 100% final, as of now," Shetty said. "We have been informed by the physio that Sachin has been ruled out for the remainder of the series, and there is a good possibility of Badrinath being sent as a replacement," a national selector said.

The five-match series will be played from August 18-29.

Tendulkar had missed the Asia Cup in Pakistan due to a groin injury, and had been named in the ODI squad for Sri Lanka as well as the Champions Trophy in Pakistan which takes place in September. His last one-day match was the second final of the Commonwealth Bank Series against Australia in Brisbane in March 2008.