In-Form Yuvraj Singh Left Out Of India Test Side
Despite his fine form and excellent displays in recent one-day games for India, there is no place in the Test side for left-handed batsman Yuvraj Singh, with India announcing their side for the opening match against Pakistan on Thursday.
VVS Laxman and Sourav Ganguly will play, with Anil Kumble captaining the side for the first time in Delhi.
"It's unfortunate, but at least for this game for sure he will have to wait," he said. "More than deciding on the composition, it is tough for Yuvraj."
He is really important for Indian cricket moving forward and I'm sure the entire batting will revolve around him very soon," Kumble added.
Leg-spinner Kumble is happy to return to the Feroz Shah Kotla ground, which has been a happy hunting ground for him, and where he took all ten wickets in an innings against Pakistan in 1999.
"Delhi has been really nice for me personally and also for India," he said. "I hope we have a good start and it continues."
India are missing bowlers Sreesanth and RP Singh, leaving Zaheer Khan and Munaf Patel to share the new ball while Kumble is set to share spinning duties with the recalled Harhbajan Singh.
Wasim Jaffer, Dinesh Karthik, Rahul Dravid, Sachin Tendulkar, VVS Laxman, Sourav Ganguly, MS Dhoni (wicket-keeper), Anil Kumble (captain), Harbhajan Singh, Zaheer Khan, Munaf Patel