Auckland: Sachin Tendulkar is unlikely to take the field, even if declared fit, for the final ODI against New Zealand in Auckland on Saturday. With India having already won the series, the team management will not be willing to take a risk.
Sachin missed the fourth ODI in Hamilton after an abdomen injury during the third match of the series. The idea is to keep him fresh for the Test series, which begins in Hamilton from March 18.
Sachin"s woes started after he suffered a massive blow on his abdomen by a fast delivery from New Zealand pacer Iain O"Brien during the second ODI in Wellington. Despite the stiffness, Tendulkar decided to go ahead with the third match of the series. Not only he scored a magnificent century, his 43rd in limited overs cricket, but also aggravated his injury. As result, he had to miss the fourth ODI in Hamilton.