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, will be his replacement.
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.
After missing the Asia Cup in Pakistan due to a groin injury, Tendulkar 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.
Badrinath confirmed his call-up to the national team, and will leave for Sri Lanka on Wednesday.
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Sandesh Kumar Jaggi