England v India, 2nd ODI, Rose Bowl September 5, 2011

Tendulkar ruled out of series

ESPNcricinfo staff

Sachin Tendulkar has been ruled out of the remainder of India's tour of England, and is likely to miss Mumbai Indians' Champions League campaign as well, after a visit to a specialist in London confirmed that he will require four to six weeks' of rest to recover from an inflamed big toe on his right foot. S Badrinath, the Tamil Nadu batsman, has been named as Tendulkar's replacement.

Tendulkar's injury, which was caused by the aggravation of a former fracture, flared up on the eve of the first ODI at Chester-le-Street, and means that Tendulkar's quest for that elusive 100th international hundred, which has been hanging over him all tour, will not now be resumed until England's tour of India in October, at the earliest.

"It was the injury that he had in 2001 and it flared up in Durham," said an Indian team official. "He went to a specialist in London and we got the news he would not be taking any further part in the one-day series anymore and he might need rest for four to six weeks."

The news brings to an end a frustrating tour for Tendulkar, in which he showed glimpses of form during India's 4-0 whitewash in the Test series without ever recapturing the presence at the crease he had displayed during India's victorious World Cup campaign. He made 273 runs in the series at 34.12, with a highest score of 91 in the second innings at The Oval.

Tendulkar's exit opens up an opportunity for the 31-year-old Badrinath, who flopped in the West Indies in June on his comeback to the one-day side after three years. He made 40 runs in three innings before being dropped for the final match of the series.

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 Singh fractured a finger on his left hand, while Harbhajan Singh 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.

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  • Dummy4 on September 8, 2011, 7:15 GMT

    Would it be ironic if Bradman's career average finished on 99.94 and Tendulkar's career finished with 99 international centuries?

  • Dummy4 on September 8, 2011, 6:47 GMT

    I don't quite understand why some people are suggesting Yusuf Pathan's name! he is clearly out of form. He was in bad form in World Cup, Had a flop IPL this year. He was selected in West Indies squad this year, But failed miserably again with both bat and bowl! Refresh your memories people before commenting!

  • Salman on September 7, 2011, 16:47 GMT

    this is the main reason why India got DEMOLISHED - they root for personal milestones much over and above their team...and Tendulkar's mindless focus on that elusive century was a big factor in India getting absolutely razed by England. don't worry - he will be fit to play for Ambani in good time.....absolutely failed his nation in such a major major Series but hey....who cares.........anyhow he has generally failed when it mattered the most....in vast majority of crunch situations he has been a failure....far cry from the magnificent Dravid.

  • Pradeep on September 7, 2011, 8:03 GMT

    it's amazing how some of these arm-chair critics suddenly jump in when someone is injured and say that they can handle the pain better.. complete humbug..are these guys qualified doctors..

  • Andrew on September 7, 2011, 3:09 GMT

    I suppose you have to walk a mile in someones shoes (no pun intended, not really even funny), but an inflamed toe that requires 6 weeks recovery is absurd! On top of that - its a flare up from 10yrs ago! OMG - that is amazing, does anyone really buy that????? I've had an infected toe twice before & it is painful, but nothing a bit of medication can't fix inside a few days. I think the fact is SRT is coming towards the end of a glorious career & can't be stuffed playing in the ODI series - post W/Cup.

  • Randolph on September 7, 2011, 1:50 GMT

    Ponting is far far better than Tendulkar Indian fans. He's won a game off his own bat. This guy is so pathetic he goes home with a sore toe. Punter batted through the World Cup with a broken finger.

  • Johnathon on September 6, 2011, 23:38 GMT

    Ever notice how Tendulkar never played any ODI's this year other than in the WC? And how his injury came right after the last Test?

  • Steve on September 6, 2011, 22:50 GMT

    Lot of commentators keep bringing up Rayudu's name. He was an exciting young player at one time who I thought would break into Ind team under Greg Chappell's coaching tenure. He kind of fell away after that. Despite the odd IPL score, I don't think he is India's future. His time has passed.

  • Daljit on September 6, 2011, 22:42 GMT

    @Sachin's performances...for those who commented on my post, please be informed that I'm one of the great follower & admirer of Indian Cricket since childhood and keep up to date knowledge on Cricket and its statistic.But the current England series has disappointed me a lot. Where even the bowler of England can score decent score, SRT couldn't score most of the time even after getting lives. So, before you comment on my post, please check the Cricinfo logistics about SRT & Dravid in Test, I said Dravid is better contributor to Indian Cricket than SRT simply becoz he can score on any wicket while Sachine can score some time in bowlers friendly wicket. Most of this century are on flat wickets. If don't believe me, than check the statistic between SRT & Dravid in Test when India Won the match, it is 75% (Dravid) Vs 25% (SRT), even it was shown during live telecast. SRT score so many century becoz he played so many matches, hence I've high regards to Dravid than SRT in TEST.

  • Dummy4 on September 6, 2011, 22:16 GMT

    OMG! We miss you master!

    It will be good to see the ' God of Cricket ' nailing 100th century on Indian Soil against West Indies. ( hopefully )

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