England v India, 1st ODI, Chester-le-Street September 3, 2011

Tendulkar and Rohit injured


Sachin Tendulkar and Rohit Sharma are the latest additions to India's long list of injured players during their tour of England. Tendulkar missed the first ODI at Chester-le-Street because of an aggravation of an old toe injury, while Rohit fractured his right index finger off the first ball he faced, an injury likely to rule him out of the series.

"Sachin Tendulkar is suffering from an inflammation to the bone in his big toe on the right foot," Shivlal Yadav, India's manager, told ESPNcricnfo. "In the past he had a fracture to this bone and yesterday, after the training, he felt a little pinch. In the morning he went for a light jog and felt pain. Immediately he spoke to Ashish Kaushik, the Indian team physio, and both felt it would be safe to rest him for this match. On Monday Tendulkar will visit a surgeon in London."

Rohit was struck on the glove by a short ball from Stuart Broad off the first ball he faced. He received some attention from the physio and grimaced when the swollen index finger on his right hand was touched. He left the field immediately and went to the hospital, where scans revealed a fracture.

The extent of the damage will be ascertained when Rohit visits a hand specialist, Rupert Eckersley, in London on Monday, after which a decision will be taken on his continued participation on the tour. However, India's captain, MS Dhoni, was not optimistic. "It does not look like Rohit will feature in the series," he said after the game was washed out.

India have been rocked by a series of injuries on this tour of England, beginning with Zaheer Khan's hamstring pull on the first day of the Lord's Test. Following his withdrawal from the series, the BCCI said he not only suffered from a recurring hamstring problem, but also required surgery on his right ankle. Yuvraj fractured a finger on his left hand, while Harbhajan strained his stomach muscle, during India's crushing defeat in the second Test at Trent Bridge, ruling them out of the rest of the tour.

Opener Virender Sehwag, it was understood, had not completely recovered from the shoulder surgery he underwent immediately after the IPL in May, and was suffering from hearing problems in his left ear, after being exposed to a loud sound on July 24, according to the team management. In another major setback, Gautam Gambhir failed to recover from a concussion he picked up while fielding on the third day of the final Test, subsequently missing the limited-overs leg of the tour. He had also missed the second Test at Trent Bridge after being struck on the elbow at Lord's.

Praveen Kumar had also joined India's long list of injured, missing the fourth Test at The Oval because of an injury to his left ankle, before recovering in time for the Twenty20 international on August 31. Ishant Sharma wasn't as fortunate, returning home after the Tests following a ligament injury to his left ankle, which will require surgery, during the third Test at Edgbaston.

Nagraj Gollapudi is an assistant editor at ESPNcricinfo

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  • Dummy4 on September 6, 2011, 13:55 GMT

    Inform players never get injured.. out of form players get injured :) ..simple as that, perhaps dhoni can get injured too for the next 2-3 ODIs ;) dont worry he will be back for CLT20

  • Munawar on September 6, 2011, 9:08 GMT

    Should the greatest batsman of our era hang up his boots for good from all versions.For a great at age 38,leaving spotlight gracefully at peak is always better than being asked to leave.With so much wear and tear from playing intern'l cricket for 22 long years,body just can't sustain the rigours of modern day fast paced intern'l cricket.Reflexes also do not remain the same at age 38.I am sure Dravid would retire earlier than Sachin given Dravid's maturity and conduct.I don't think there is more than a year of Test cricket left in Laxman as well.So between a year/a year and half, these three greats would have gone from Test cricket.Moreover,given fitness levels,technical deficiencies against short pitch stuff and disciplinary issues with Gambhir,I don't think he will be able to retain a Test spot. It is unfortunate.So who replaces these four.I think Jaffer straight away walks in to the Test team at No.1 slot.Pujara walks in for Dravid.Badri comes in for Sachin. Kaif comes in for Laxman.

  • Pradeep on September 6, 2011, 7:39 GMT

    only fools think they cant be fooled.. he he..

  • Manish on September 6, 2011, 5:06 GMT

    @ mickey: so u mean to say u perform 365 days a year?? u don't have the occasional off day or even a bad hair day?? aren't there times when yr colleagues cover for yr lapses?? what's up with this holier than thou attitude against srt?? srt has been continuously performing over the past 4 years...had one off series...an old toe injury flared and he's out for 4 weeks...whether he plays for his club is irrelevant here...the guy's 38...played the full test series (even having a bad series, he still was our 2nd best bat)...is skipping the odis due to injury...that gives u the right to armchair comment & cast aspirations on his commitment to indian cricket?? and if i remember right...yr earlier comment was that he skips tough tours...can u cite some examples???

  • Dummy4 on September 5, 2011, 10:15 GMT

    thats serious bad luck!he's been going thru these injuries thruout his career...i wanted him to carry India's sagging team thru the series....fingers crossed its not serious..

  • Soumik on September 5, 2011, 9:38 GMT

    Actually they are taking precautionary measures so that they can play in CLT20.Are you trying me to believe -SRT and Harbhajan won't feature for MI and Gambhir won't play for KKR?Even Zaheer might be back for RCB and MSD who is not willing to bat at #4 or #5 because of fatigue etc will have a spring in his stride when playing for CSK.I've seen this circus for long to buy any of this so called doctored "excuses". Whom are they fooling?

  • Michael on September 5, 2011, 9:26 GMT

    Well in the office, i will not be paid my Bonus, why cant we do the same with the cricketers? Say, if they do not perform in a series they are banned from playing 3 matches in the IPL or CLT20? The possible loss of so much money will get them to focus more on their international assignments ! Similarly, people who claim they are injured for National duty, should not be allowed to play in the CL or IPL, will playing there not aggravate the so- called injury?

  • Dummy4 on September 5, 2011, 9:25 GMT

    People Say him as a God of Cricket .. :) What a player , when india is in trouble Sachin missed the match as a precautionary measure.. waiting to see how many matches he is going to miss in ( Cash Rich League) Champions League T20 for Mumbai Indians. what a shame ...:(

  • Michael on September 5, 2011, 9:22 GMT

    @maeneece, isnt he opting out of the One day series now that the CLT20 is around the corner? Money does bad things to good people and Sachin is one of them , make no mistake he is still a great guy, but the money and the fact that he is growing old seems to be taking its toll on his mind. What about the rest of the indian players? Wont we see all of them in the CLT20, strutting their wares to jack up their price next year. A guy like Saurabh Tiwary gets paid such a huge amount, he need not worry about anything, the less said about his performance the better! If this kind of money is splashed on people and if so called Icons (Sachin, Gambhir, Sehwag, Yuvraj) opt out of matches for India, what kind of an example are they setting for the youngsters? Indian Cricket will fall if more of our younsters fall for the glamour and Money of the ICL's and IPL's. Time for people to sit up and take notice, why cant the players be penalised for their bad peroformances? I know for sure if i do not

  • karthik on September 5, 2011, 9:17 GMT

    Injured toe, eh? Fine, but I hope this doesnt mean his failure in the test series is attributed to this one injury. He was just not good enough in the test series, and this injury has nothing to do with it.

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