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
Total: 77 ODIs
|One match||v New Zealand in New Zealand||January 1999|
|5 matches||Pepsi Cup in India|| March/April 1999|
|5 matches||Coca Cola Cup in Sharjah||April 1999|
|One match||Aiwa Cup in Sri Lanka||August 1999|
|One match||Coca Cola Cup in Singapore||September 1999|
|3 matches||DMC Cup in Canada|| September 1999|
|4 matches||LG Cup in Kenya|| September/October 1999|
|7 matches||Coca Cola Cup in Sri Lanka||July/August 2001|
|5 matches||v Zimbabwe in India|| March 2002|
|One match||v West Indies in West Indies||June 2002|
|7 matches||v West Indies in India||November 2002|
|4 matches||v New Zealand in New Zealand||December 2002/January 2003|
|5 matches||TVS Cup in Bangladesh||April 2003|
|3 matches||VB Series in Australia||January/February 2004|
|2 matches||Videocon Cup in Holland||August 2004|
|3 matches||NatWest Challenge in England||September 2004|
|2 matches||ICC Champions Trophy in England|| September 2004|
|5 matches ||Videocon Tri-Series in Zimbabwe|| August/September 2005|
|6 matches||v England in India|| March/April 2006|
|2 matches||v Pakistan in Abu Dhabi|| April 2006|
|5 matches||v West Indies in West Indies|| May 2006|
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.
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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
| ||Mts||Inns||NO||Runs||Hs||Avg||100||50||Mts missed|
|v West Indies in West Indies, 2001-02||2||2||1||99||65||99.00||0||0||5|
|v New Zealand in New Zealand, 2002-03||3||3||0||2||1||0.66||0||0||11|
|TVS Cup in India, 2003-04||7||7||1||466||102||77.66||2||2||5|
|v Bangladesh in Bangladesh, 2004-05||2||2||0||66||47||33.00||0||0||7|
|v Sri Lanka in India, 2005-06||6||6||1||231||93||46.20||0||2||10|
|DLF Cup in Kuala Lumpur, 2006-07||4||4||1||222||141*||74.00||1||1||14|
Statistics: Rajneesh Gupta
Photographs: Getty Images