Sachin to fly back home, Badrinath to play ODIs

August 11th, 2008 - 8:48 pm ICT by IANS  

Colombo, Aug 11 (IANS) Sachin Tendulkar will fly back home as he has injured his left elbow in the third cricket Test against Sri Lanka and will be unavailable for the five-match ODI series. He will be replaced by 27-year-old Tamil Nadu captain Subramaniam Badrinath, Indian team manager T.C. Matthew told reporters here Monday.

Tendulkar injured his left elbow while attempting a catch during the third and final Test. The ODI series begins Aug 18 at the Rangiri Dambulla International Cricket Stadium.

Meanwhile, speaking on the game, Indian captain Anil Kumble said Sri Lanka’s mystery spinner Ajantha Mendis made the difference between the two sides, picking up 26 wickets in three Tests.

“Mendis was the difference. When Murali and Mendis bowl together, it’s not easy to take runs. That creates pressure. I don’t think he’s got any mystery. But it’s a great effort by him to pick up 26 wickets,” Kumble said at the post match press conference.

India had come into to the third and final Test having squared the series in the second Test in Galle.

Kumble said the failure of his batsmen cost them the series.

“The batsmen didn’t put up a good show and that cost us the series. There was no consistency. It was important to get a good start and then people needed to go on. For a new batsman to go in and face a spinner is not easy,” he said.

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