Sachin to miss ODI series against Sri Lanka due to injury

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Colombo, Aug 11 (UNI) Master blaster Sachin Tendulkar is ruled out for the upcoming five-ODI series in Sri Lanka following an injury to his left elbow sustained during the third Test, which the Indians lost by eight wickets.

''I spoke to Sachin and the team physio (Nitin Patel) this morning and I can confirm that Tendulkar has been ruled out of action for two to three weeks,'' the BCCI's chief administrative officer Ratnakar Shetty told Cricinfo.

Tendulkar had injured his elbow while attempting a catch of first innings centurion Kumar Sangakkara the 47th over.

An MRI scan revealed a swelling, and Tendulkar didn't take the field for the rest of the innings.

However, he came to bat in India's second innings yesterday and scored only 14, which still leaves him 77 short of surpassing Brian Lara as the leading run-getter in Tests.

Meanwhile, Tendulkar replacement for the ODI series is still not clear but Tamil Nadu middle-order batsman is the the frontrunner.

''I believe that the possibility of Badrinath being sent as a replacement is being discussed. But that's not 100 per cent final, as of now,'' Shetty said. ''We have been informed by the physio that Sachin has been ruled out for the remainder of the series, and there is a good possibility of Badrinath being sent as a replacement,'' a national selector said.

The ODI series will be played from August 18-29..

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