Viral infection keeps Sachin indoors on fourth day

July 24th, 2011 - 9:48 pm ICT by IANS  

Sachin Tendulkar London, July 24 (IANS) India’s batting maestro Sachin Tendulkar did not take to the field at the start of play on the fourth day of the first cricket Test against England at Lord’s owing to a viral infection.

Tendulkar is “under medical supervision” but is expected to field later in the day. He was seen arriving at the stadium from the team hotel after the lunch session.

His illness is another worry for India as the vistors are already playing one bowler short in the match with Zaheer Khan straining his hamstring in the first day. Zaheer has since not taken the field.

Tendulkar, in fact batted with fever in India’s first innings and immediately left for the team hotel after he was out for 34.

Tendulkar failed to live up to the hype of bringing his 100th century at Lord’s in the 2,000th Test. Stuart Broad had him caught at slip, and he has only one innings left to achieve the landmark, and claim his first century at Lord’s in the process.

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