Sachin may be rested for sometime: Greg

"We are conscious of the fact that Tendulkar has just recovered from an injury," the coach said.

india Updated: Oct 31, 2005 14:47 IST

Sachin Tendulkar, who is in sublime form after his recovery from an injury, could be rested for some matches against Sri Lanka in the ongoing series to ease pressure on his elbow, India coach Greg Chappell said here on Sunday.

"We are conscious of the fact that Tendulkar has just recovered from an injury," Chappell told reporters on the eve of the third one-day international to be played at the Sawai Man Singh Stadium in Jaipur.

"We know that we have to be careful about how much we play him and might consider resting him at some stage," said the former Australia captain, referring to the injury that the maestro sustained on Aug 18 last year and missed several matches since.

The injury ruled him out for over six months, after playing the Delhi one-day international against Pakistan April 17.

Tendulkar returned to international cricket with a bang, scoring a brisk 93 in the first of the seven-match series against Sri Lanka in Nagpur Tuesday. He followed it up with an entertaining unbeaten 67 in the second match in Mohali Friday.

Ever since Chappell took over the reins of the Indian team in August, he has been experimenting with the playing XIs and the batting order - and he continues to do so in the ongoing series.

He insisted he would carry on with his experiments.

"We will try to experiment when we think we can again," Chappell said after the practice session at the stadium in the afternoon. "We will continue to experiment, whether for one game or for ten games, but only if we think we can gain something."

First Published: Oct 30, 2005 21:38 IST