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Gavaskar was selectors' choice

LONDON, SEPT. 6. The Indian team management insists it had not asked for Dinesh Mongia as the specific replacement for Sachin Tendulkar for the Champions Trophy. "We had informed the Board that we needed a replacement for Sachin Tendulkar because he was injured. We did not recommend any names,'' stated manager Gautam Dasgupta.

Obviously the confusion arose from Mongia being asked to stand by just in case. Asking Mongia did not imply he was in the team because ultimately the choice of the replacement lay with the National selection committee.

The Board may have jumped the gun in wanting to keep Mongia available but he was never in the picture. The selectors had not picked Mongia for the India `A' tours because they felt he had been given several chances.

The selectors lost no time in naming Rohan Gavaskar because in their opinion the Bengal left-hander needed a fair trial. Gavaskar was the choice of the selectors, according to the team management here, and it was not expecting Mongia to join the squad.

Meanwhile, Tendulkar, on the advice of the team physiotherapist, Andrew Leipus, underwent a scan to have another opinion on the tennis elbow that will keep him out of cricket for two weeks.

It is understood that Leipus is confident of Tendulkar recovering in time for the home series against Australia. Some good news for the team which will certainly miss him in the Champions Trophy. — Our Special Correspondent

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