Sachin Tendulkar batted with a running fever during India’s first innings on Saturday and left for the team hotel soon after he was out in the first Test, it has been learnt.
Tendulkar, who was just one ton short of his 100th international century, was down with fever when he came into the middle with the team’s score reading 77 for two.
He did well to survive till lunch break and on resumption struck six sumptuous fours while rattling up a quick 34 from 58 balls and batting for close to an hour and a half.
After he was out, caught at second slip off Stuart Broad, the little master left the ground for team hotel and it’s learnt he took antibiotics and preferred a good sleep for himself. He was thus understandably missing on the field when England began their second innings at the fag end of the day’s play.
In order to bat at his customary number four position, Tendulkar would be required to field during England’s second innings on the fourth day’s play on Sunday. In case he fails to do so, he could only come out to bat after the fall of India’s fifth wicket, whenever the visitors’ second innings is played. Hindu