New Delhi: Sachin Tendulkar will not be playing in the ICC Champions Trophy scheduled to start in England after the NatWest challenge. While Rohan Gavaskar has been asked to replace him, everyone is aware that Sachin will be missed as he has been in the tri-series in Holland and the NatWest series.Magic for the teamHe's the world's leading run-getter in one-day internationals and such is his magic within the team that his very presence in the playing 11 is enough to give the opposition team bowlers sleepless nights. While there's no doubt that the team misses Sachin, for the adversaries it's the best news ever. The recent Videocon Cup and NatWest series are probably the best examples of how much the team has missed Sachin. Sachin, who's out with a tennis elbow will now be returning home shortly.Struggling without SachinStatistics show that even in the past the team has struggled when Tendulkar has been out of the team. Having started his career in 1989, Sachin has so far played 339 one day internationals. Of these India have won 168 and lost 152. In other words, the percentage of success of the Indian team when Sachin is playing is 52.36. During this period Sachin didn't play in 69 one day internationals. Of these India won 27 and lost 35. The team's winning percentage in Sachin's absence therefore falls to 39.12.The big fightClearly Sachin's inability to play the ICC Champions Trophy has left the team in a bit of a fix.India will be opening their campaign in the mini World Cup or the ICC Champions Trophy on September 11 against Kenya. But their biggest match will be against arch-rivals Pakistan scheduled on September 19. And without the services of the master blaster and going by current form, the team really needs to pull itself together in order to even make it to the semi finals.
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