Tendulkar out of second Test

Kumble facing a battle to be fit to lead hosts in Ahmedabad

Last Updated: 30/03/08 4:37pm

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Tendulkar: Groin injury

Tendulkar: Groin injury

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India will be without Sachin Tendulkar for the second Test against South Africa due to a groin injury.

The batsman did not take to the field on the final day of the series opener in Chennai, which ended in a draw on Sunday.

It has now been confirmed he will miss the match in Ahmedabad. The game gets underway on Thursday.

Tendulkar had declared himself fit before the series after returning from the tour of Australia with the injury.

Mohammad Kaif has been drafted into the squad to replace the 34-year-old who failed to score a run in his only innings in the opening Test.

Injured captain

India will be hoping skipper Anil Kumble is available to play this week after he too sat out the final two sessions in Chennai.

The spinner injured his groin bowling on the first day although he is still hopeful of being fit to lead his country against the Proteas.

"I had a slight niggle while I was bowling and I didn't want to take a chance," Kumble said. "The match was probably over by then.

"It was important for me to ensure that I recover well for the second Test."

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