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Tendulkar ruled out of one-day series
Sachin Tendulkar will have to wait until October to make his 100th century after being ruled out of series with England.
Last Modified: 05 Sep 2011 16:21
 Tendulkar will watch from the sidelines as India try to gain some pride back against England [GALLO/GETTY]

India's legendary batsman Sachin Tendulkar has been ruled out of the remainder of the one-day series with England officials announced on Monday.

India team manager Shivlal Yadav said Tendulkar faced up to four weeks on the sidelines after suffering a toe injury.

No replacement will be called up as India attempt to restore some pride after their 4-0 drubbing by England in the recently concluded Test series.

Tendulkar, who has scored a record 18,111 ODI runs at an average of 45.16, is currently one century away from becoming the first player to hit a ton of international hundreds.

"It's four to six weeks. So we know he's not there for this series," Yadav said.

"It was the injury that he had in 2002 and it flared up in Durham.

"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 and he might need rest for four to six weeks."

The opening match of India's one-day series with England was abandoned on Saturday.

The second match takes place at the Rose Bowl in Southampton on Tuesday.

October century?

Tendulkar's next opportunity to break through the 100 century barrier will most likely be against England in Hyderabad in the first of five one-dayers next month.

Tendulkar is the eighth player to depart India's unhappy tour of England following the departures of Rohit Sharma, Virender Sehwag, Zaheer Khan, Gautam Gambhir, Yuvraj Singh, Ishant Sharma and Harbhajan Singh.

Manoj Tiwary has been called up to replace Rohit Sharma, who suffered a fractured finger in Saturday's opening one-dayer.

Opener Parthiv Patel was philosophical about India's lengthening casualty list.

"It's something not in our control and which we can't do anything about," he said.

"We just have to try to make sure we make the use of all our resources.

"You can't fill the shoes of Sachin, no matter who you are - so that's obviously a big loss. But it will be a good opportunity for youngsters to prove themselves."

"I don't think he (Tendulkar) has anything to prove against anyone at all.

"His stats speak for themselves. Even he can't do anything about injury."

Source:
AFP
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