New Delhi:Sachin Tendulkar has been ruled out of the fourth ODI against New Zealand due to a stomach strain.
The Indian opener retired hurt with an abdominal injury after scoring a majestic 163 in third ODI at Christchurch.
Tendulkar destroyed the New Zealand bowling attack in Christchurch on Sunday, smashing 15 fours and five sixes before his injury prematurely curtailed his chase for the record ODI score of 194.
"Towards the end I was hopeful I would be able to get it (200) if I stayed there to the 50th over, it was in the vicinity," Tendulkar said.
"In the previous game I got hit in my abdomen by O'Brien and the muscle was quite sore. When I was batting with 65-70, I started feeling a stiffness in that area. But towards the latter half of my innings I started getting a twitch and it kept getting worse. And I knew that I was effectively damaging it and I had reached a stage when I couldn't go on."