London, July 24: Just prior to the start of play on Day 4 of the Lord's Test, the word from the dressing room is that India's prized player Sachin Tendulkar will not be taking the field with the rest of the Indian team owing to a continued fever. Doctors reportedly have advised him to take rest and not aggravate his condition.
The news comes as a major set-back for India, especially as there has been talk of giving Tendulkar the ball during England's second innings which began after India's avoided the follow-on in the last session of Day 3. Apart from his phenomenal batting, Sachin has earned a reputation over the years of being quite nifty with hybrid of medium pace and leg spin.
India's attack has already been diminished after pace spearhead Zaheer Khan pulled up on Day 1 with a sore hamstring. The wound kept him out of the rest of the first innings and now threatens to do the same as England return to the crease.
With India having conceded an enormous 188-run first innings lead to the English, it is imperative that the visitors make some headway into pegging back the hosts today before they run amok.