Bangalore, Jul 3: Indian cricket team's selection committee will meet on Wednesday to pick the One Day International and Twenty20 squads for the Sri Lanka series. The big question in front of them and the Indian fans is whether Sachin Tendulkar will play or opt out?
Tendulkar doesn't play ODIs that frequently these days. He has opted out of many 50-over series and prefers Test cricket the most.
Whether the Master Blaster has already informed the Board and selectors about the Sri Lanka series is not yet known.
But it is likely that Tendulkar might opt out of the five-match ODI series which starts on July 21.
Tendulkar, 39, had not played an ODI for 10 months after winning the 2011 World Cup. Expectations were high on him scoring the 100th international century during the England series last year, after the World Cup. But that did not happen.
A home Test series against West Indies also did not produce that ton and same followed in the four-match Test rubber in Australia.
Many thought Tendulkar decided to play the ODI tri-series in Australia earlier this year to complete that 100th ton. But still that remained elusive.
Then came the Asia Cup in Bangladesh in March and Tendulkar finally struck that world record century.
On March 16, against Bangladesh, Tendulkar reached the milestone. After that he played one more ODI against Pakistan on March 18. However, India failed to qualify for the Asia Cup final and that was the last ODI Tendulkar and India played.
The months of April and May saw Tendulkar featuring in the Indian Premier League's fifth edition. Since that T20 league finished on May 27, Indian team is enjoying a much-needed break.
With most of the ODI records owned by Tendulkar, the Mumbai man might concentrate more on Test cricket, with a series coming up in August at home against New Zealand.
During the IPL, Tendulkar was hit on his finger by a Doug Bollinger delivery. He had to miss few IPL games before returning to bat for Mumbai Indians in the latter stages of the tournament.
Knowing Tendulkar, he might skip the trip to the Island nation. It would be the right decision for him as the selectors can try out some new face in the top order.
That might also reunite Gautam Gambhir and Virender Sehwag as the opening combination. Sehwag, dropped for the Asia Cup, will be aiming to return to international action after a good IPL season.
Either Tendulkar might opt out or selectors should decide to rest him. That would be the best choice at the moment.