India will continue to rotate top-order during CB Series in Australia as Rohit Sharma will be persisted with.
India captain MS Dhoni set to rest Sachin Tendulkar for Australia ODI
MS Dhoni, the captain, would not confirm on Thursday whether Tendulkar would be rested for Sunday's tri-series game against Australia, but said India would continue to drop one of their top three batsmen to make space for Rohit Sharma in the middle-order.
In Wednesday's four-wicket win over Sri Lanka, the "Little Master" cruised to 48 but then chopped on to his stumps, making it an agonising 27 innings that he has been stuck on 99 centuries – a wait that goes back to last March.
"You will have to wait and watch," Dhoni said. "I will look to rotate as I want Rohit to play as many games as possible. It gives him an opportunity to get set into the side.
"As of now, we will still look to rotate the openers."
The 38-year-old Tendulkar, who holds the all-time records for the most centuries, runs and appearances in both Test and one-day cricket, has not got into three figures since his 111 against South Africa at the World Cup.
Virender Sehwag, the opening batsman, missed the opening tri-series game against Australia at the MCG on Sunday, while Gautam Gambhir was rested in Perth on Wednesday, suggesting Tendulkar was next in line for the drop.
However, Sehwag remains in poor form in Australia after the usually dashing right-hander holed out to third man for 10 on Wednesday.
Sunil Gavaskar, the batting great, also called for Tendulkar to play in every match, insisting that players should only be replaced in the side if they are out of form.
"I think Sachin should be playing in all matches," Gavaskar told the NDTV news channel. "If you want to use a rotation policy, then it should be used for all the players."
Rohit has also failed in his two innings in the tri-series, but Dhoni backed the right-hander to rediscover his best form.