Tendulkar or Gambhir likely to miss Perth ODI against Sri Lanka

Virender Sehwag will returns to India fold — either at the expense of Sachin Tendulkar or Gautam Gambhir Getty Images

By CricketCountry Staff

Perth: Feb 7, 2012

With India looking to ensure players remain fit for the grueling One-dayers (ODIs) in Australia, Sachin Tendulkar or Gautam Gambhir is likely to miss out on Wednesday’s ODI against Sri Lanka at the WACA Ground.

“When you’re playing continuously with four Test matches then two T20s and then one-dayers, the body is fatigued and the mental break is also good for a player,” Sehwag, who will return for the second ODI, was quoted saying by ‘Sydney Morning Herald’.

“That’s why we decided the top three would always rotate and we can give breaks to Tendulkar, Gambhir or Sehwag and then all the extras can play because they’ve just arrived here.

“The break is good. You are playing Tests, then Twenty20s and now ODIs. The body can be fatigued and a mental break is also good.

“We want to give chance to youngsters. The next World Cup is here, all the youngsters this way can play and get used to the conditions here.

“It’s important the youngsters have to play a lot more ODIs, especially when the World Cup comes, they should have played 70-80 ODIs. That’s our aim, to give more chances to youngsters.”