Tendulkar opts out of Bangla tri-series
by CricketArchive Staff Reporter

Player:SR Tendulkar, RG Sharma
Event:Idea Cup 2009/10

DateLine: 25th December 2009


Indian batting maestro Sachin Tendulkar opted out of the tri-series in Bangladesh starting on January 4. Rohit Sharma replaced him in the 16-man squad. Yuvraj Singh has also been included despite a finger injury scare that kept him out of four ODIs in the five-match series against Sri Lanka.


Fast bowlers Ishant Sharma and Praveen Kumar have been dropped and replaced by Sreesnath and Ashok Dinda. Amit Mishra displaced Pragyan Ojha in an inexplicable game of musical chairs for the back-up spinner's role.


Sreesanth, who did not play in the ongoing ODI series against Sri Lanka due to swine flu, has recovered and been named in the squad. Dinesh Karthik has been named as the second wicketkeeper in the squad to Bangladesh.


Ishant, who was dropped for the first two ODIs against Sri lanka, failed to impress on his return. In the 14 overs that he bowled in the two matches he played owing to Sreesanth's flu, he went for 130 runs, and failed to keep up the pressure along with Zaheer Khan and Ashish Nehra. Praveen, who played the first two matches of the Sri Lanka series, managed just one wicket and went at 6.76 runs per over.


India play their first match in Bangladesh in Dhaka on January 5, against Sri Lanka, followed by fixtures on January 7, 10 and 11.


Squad: MS Dhoni (capt/wk), Virender Sehwag, Gautam Gambhir, Virat Kohli, Suresh Raina, Rohit Sharma, Ravindra Jadeja, Harbhajan Singh, Zaheer Khan, Ashish Nehra, Yuvraj Singh, Sudeep Tyagi, Dinesh Karthik, Sreesanth, Ashok Dinda, Amit Mishra


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