Injury concerns for India in this series continue to perpetuate as Sachin Tendulkar who acquired a hamstring while batting in the second ODI on Saturday, is to miss the rest of the series. The team manager Ranjib Biswal confirmed that Tendulkar would return back home.
Tendulkar is the fourth first choice player to return back home after Sehwag, Gambhir and Praveen Kumar. Notably, India has never played with their full strength squad over the past few years. Tendulkar’s return following Sehwag, Gambhir and Praveen Kumar is seen as a precautionary measure, as the selectors are not ready to risk the master batsmen ahead of the World Cup.
Parthiv Patel has flown as a replacement for Tendulkar, given that he could also open the innings alongside with an out of form Murali Vijay apart from keeping wickets. Virat Kohli and Rohit Sharma are to play a stand-in opener role in the upcoming matches. Dhoni was wary of Vijay’s form at the top and expressed his confidence that he would find form in the upcoming games.