Sachin Tendulkar in ODI squad for SA series

NEW DELHI: Sachin Tendulkar was on Tuesday named in India’s one-day squad for a five-match series in South Africa, ending a self-imposed 10-month lay-off from limited-overs cricket.

Tendulkar, 37, decided to rest from one-day internationals after smashing an unprecedented double-century against South Africa in Gwalior on February 24.

He missed 22 one-dayers this year, but a return was imminent for the away series in South Africa to prepare for the World Cup in South Asia in February-April.

Tendulkar, the world’s leading run-getter, became the first batsman to score 50 Test hundreds during the opening Test at Centurion on Sunday.

The star batsman was included in a 16-man squad for the limited-overs contests which begin after the three-Test series ends on January 6.

Tendulkar is unlikely to feature in the the lone Twenty20 game in Durban on January 9 because he does not play the shortest form at the international level.

The five one-dayers will be played in Durban (Jan 12), Johannesburg (Jan 15), Cape Town (Jan 18), Port Elizabeth (Jan 21) and Centurion (Jan 23).

India’s limited-overs squad: Mahendra Singh Dhoni (capt), Virender Sehwag, Gautam Gambhir, Sachin Tendulkar, Virat Kohli, Suresh Raina, Yuvraj Singh, Harbhajan Singh, Zaheer Khan, Ashish Nehra, Praveen Kumar, Munaf Patel, Ravichandran Ashwin, Yusuf Pathan, Piyush Chawla, Shanthakumaran Sreesanth.(AFP)


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