Tuesday 11 February 2014 

India Drop Ishant, Call Up Pujara

Ishant Sharma celebrates a wicket
Ishant Sharma has been left out of both India's Asia Cup and ICC WT20 squads
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India have left fast bowler Ishant Sharma out of both their Asia Cup and ICC World Twenty20 2014 squads and called up Cheteshwar Pujara to their One-Day International squad.

Following a 4-0 ODI series defeat in New Zealand, India have decided to make changes before they head to Bangladesh later this month for the Asia Cup.

Young quick bowlers Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Varun Aaron, Ishwar Pandey and Mohammad Shami will lead the attack.

While Pujara has established himself in the Test side, he has played just two ODIs, against Zimbabwe in August 2013.

Yuvraj Singh, who was left out of the ODI squad in New Zealand, is named in the squad for the ICC World Twenty20, also in Bangladesh, with Suresh Raina, who misses out on an Asia Cup berth, also in the Twenty20 squad.

India won the inaugural ICC World Twenty20 event in South Africa with Yuvraj putting in a string of fine performances.

Captain MS Dhoni, batsman Rohit Sharma are the only other players included in this squad who played in that tournament success.

India play Australia, Pakistan, the West Indies and a qualifier in Group 2 of the competition.

India Asia Cup ODI squad: MS Dhoni (captain), Varun Aaron, Ravichandran Ashwin, Stuart Binny, Shikhar Dhawan, Ravindra Jadeja, Virat Kohli, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Amit Mishra, Mohammad Shami, Ishwar Pandey, Cheteshwar Pujara, Ajinkya Rahane, Ambati Rayudu, Rohit Sharma

India ICC World T20 squad: MS Dhoni (captain), Varun Aaron, Ravichandran Ashwin, Stuart Binny, Shikhar Dhawan, Ravindra Jadeja, Virat Kohli, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Amit Mishra, Mohammad Shami, Ajinkya Rahane, Suresh Raina, Mohit Sharma, Rohit Sharma, Yuvraj Singh

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