Tendulkar out of the tournament
After a miserable outing against Pakistan, India's woes were compounded by the news that Sachin Tendulkar will play no further part in the Videocon Cup, as a result of the tennis elbow that kept him out of the opening match. India will now play Australia on Wednesday without their talisman, knowing that nothing less than an emphatic victory will give them any chance of making next Saturday's final.
Gautam Dasgupta, the team manager, confirmed the news late on Saturday, reports The Asian Age. "Tendulkar will not be participating in any of the matches of this tournament due to an acute onset of tennis elbow," he said. "It seems Sachin felt some stiffness in his left arm during nets in Mumbai, in the lead-up to the team's departure."
The discomfort was exarcebated by the first net session in Holland, and Andrew Leipus, the physio, has now advised conservative treatment and rehabilitation. Initial impressions suggest that he should be fit to come back into the side for the NatWest Challenge against England in the run-up to the ICC Champions Trophy.
"The Indian team is not looking for a replacement for Tendulkar because there is not enough time and there are already 15 players in the squad," said Dasgupta. Harbhajan Singh and Ashish Nehra also missed the game against Pakistan, with viral fever.
With Tendulkar ruled of the the pivotal match against Australia, Rohan Gavaskar and Dinesh Karthik will fight it out for the vacancy in the batting line-up.