Tendulkar ruled out of fourth ODI

Hamilton, March 10:

India’s Sachin Tendulkar has been ruled out of the fourth one-day international against New Zealand here on Wednesday, boosting the home side’s hopes of turning their fortunes around.

India are 2-0 up in the five-match series after the second game was abandoned due to rain and a win in Hamilton would seal a series win.

Star batsman Tendulkar hit 163 in Christchurch in leading India to a massive total of 392-4 in a comprehensive 58-run victory on Sunday. The “Little Master” retired hurt with a bruised abdomen and Indian management confirmed on Tuesday he will miss the Hamilton game. Tendulkar is expected to be replaced by Rohit Sharma, while pace bowler Ishant Sharma may return to the side, subject to a fitness test, after suffering a shoulder injury during Twenty20 match.

New Zealand have dropped Tim Southee after being bashed for 0-105 in Christchurch and lost Ian Butler to a thigh injury. But the good news is that captain Daniel Vettori is back after missing the last game to be with his wife for the birth of their first child. Ewen Thompson, yet to make his ODI debut, has been brought into the 12-man squad.