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When Sachin was 'out'

January 10, 2007

Sachin Tendulkar's career has been plagued by injuries too often in the last few years, making him miss quite a few matches and perhaps diminishing his abilities as a world class batsman.

Tendulkar, who made his one-day international debut against Pakistan in 1989, played injury-free for a decade before missing his first One Day International, against New Zealand in 1999.











ODIs missed by Tendulkar
One matchv New Zealand in New ZealandJanuary 1999
5 matchesPepsi Cup in India March/April 1999
5 matchesCoca Cola Cup in SharjahApril 1999
One matchAiwa Cup in Sri LankaAugust 1999
One matchCoca Cola Cup in SingaporeSeptember 1999
3 matchesDMC Cup in Canada September 1999
4 matchesLG Cup in Kenya September/October 1999
7 matchesCoca Cola Cup in Sri LankaJuly/August 2001
5 matchesv Zimbabwe in India March 2002
One matchv West Indies in West IndiesJune 2002
7 matchesv West Indies in IndiaNovember 2002
4 matchesv New Zealand in New ZealandDecember 2002/January 2003
5 matchesTVS Cup in BangladeshApril 2003
3 matchesVB Series in AustraliaJanuary/February 2004
2 matchesVideocon Cup in HollandAugust 2004
3 matchesNatWest Challenge in EnglandSeptember 2004
2 matchesICC Champions Trophy in England September 2004
5 matches Videocon Tri-Series in Zimbabwe August/September 2005
6 matchesv England in India March/April 2006
2 matchesv Pakistan in Abu Dhabi April 2006
5 matchesv West Indies in West Indies May 2006
Total: 77 ODIs

Note: Although Tendulkar missed out 96 matches since his ODI debut, he had to sit out not only due to injury, but also because he was either not selected/rested to play a youngster/or for personal reasons.

Also read: 'Sachin has lost his fighting abilities'

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A look at Tendulkar's performance in his comeback series shows that he has enjoyed mixed success. His best showing was the TVS Cup in 2003-2004, when he scored 466 runs in 7 matches at an average of 77, with 2 centuries and 2 half-centuries. He, however, had a rather forgetful comeback in the series in New Zealand, when he made just 2 runs in 3 matches against the Kiwis.

Tendulkar's performance in the comeback series (soon after missing some matches because of injury) Minimum qualification: missed at least FIVE matches in between two successive appearances
  MtsInnsNORunsHsAvg10050Mts missed
v West Indies in West Indies, 2001-02221996599.00005
v New Zealand in New Zealand, 2002-03330210.660011
TVS Cup in India, 2003-0477146610277.66225
v Bangladesh in Bangladesh, 2004-05220664733.00007
v Sri Lanka in India, 2005-066612319346.200210
DLF Cup in Kuala Lumpur, 2006-07441222141*74.001114

Statistics: Rajneesh Gupta
Photographs: Getty Images

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