India Opt For Youth In Champions Trophy Squad
India have not selected senior players Virender Sehwag, Harbhajan Singh or Zaheer Khan in their list of probables for the ICC Champions Trophy, which will be played in England this June. Instead, they have opted for younger players such as Delhi batsman Unmukt Chand and Jammu & Kashmir off-spinner Parvez Rasool.
There are also a couple of other notable exclusions, with impressive Test number three Cheteshwar Pujara apparently not deemed suitable for limited-overs cricket and left-arm spinner Pragyan Ojha’s weak batting and fielding seemingly counting against him.
Besides Chand and Rasool, there are several other rising stars of Indian cricket included. Aggressive batsmen Ambati Rayudu and Kedar Jadhav make the cut, with Dinesh Karthik and Wriddhiman Saha recalled as wicket-keeping back-up for captain MS Dhoni. In the bowling department, spinner Amit Mishra is included as is all-rounder Irfan Pathan. There is also room for the two leading wicket-takers in the 2012-13 Ranji Trophy, Ishwar Pandey and Siddarth Kaul, as well as off-spinning all-rounder Jalaj Saxena.
India provisional squad: Murali Vijay, Shikhar Dhawan, Gautam Gambhir, Unmukt Chand, Virat Kohli, Yuvraj Singh, Suresh Raina, Rohit Sharma, Manoj Tiwary, Ajinkya Rahane, Ambati Rayudu, Kedar Jadhav, MS Dhoni, Wriddhiman Saha, Dinesh Karthik, R Ashwin, Amit Mishra, Ravindra Jadeja, Jalaj Saxena, Parvez Rasool, Ishant Sharma, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Ashok Dinda, Umesh Yadav, Shami Ahmed, Irfan Pathan, Vinay Kumar, Praveen Kumar, Ishwar Pandey, Siddarth Kaul.
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