Vinay Kumar And Chawla In India's ICC WT20 Squad
Bowlers Ranganath Vinay Kumar and Piyush Chawla have been included in India's 15-man squad for the ICC World Twenty20, both men impressing during the Indian Premier League.
Leg-spinner Chawla, who was part of the winning 2007 squad, has been one of few strong performers for the underwhelming Kings XI Punjab while pacer Vinay Kumar remains in contention for the Purple Cap, the award handed to the leading wicket-taker in the tournament after a string of good performances for the Royal Challengers Bangalore.
There is, however, no place in the squad for the likes of Manish Pandey, Irfan Pathan, Robin Uthappa, Saurabh Tiwary or Manvinder Bisla, four other players who are impressing during the IPL.
Gautam Gambhir and Ashish Nehra are included in the squad despite currently suffering with injuries while also missing out are Ishant Sharma, Pragyan Ojha and RP Singh.
Despite being banned from the third season of the IPL, all-rounder Ravi Jadeja retains his place in the squad while Rohit Sharma and Yusuf Pathan, who first played for India during their run to the 2007 title, also make the squad.
Dinesh Karthik provides wicket-keeping cover for Dhoni and an extra option with the bat.
India take on South Africa and Afghanistan when the tournament gets underway in late April with their first game against qualifiers Afghanistan on 1st May.
India ICC WT20 squad: Mahendra Singh Dhoni (captain), Virender Sehwag, Piyush Chawla, Gautam Gambhir, Harbhajan Singh, Ravindra Jadeja, Dinesh Karthik, Zaheer Khan, Praveen Kumar, Ashish Nehra, Yusuf Pathan, Suresh Raina, Rohit Sharma, Ranganath Vinay Kumar, Yuvraj Singh
India Women ICC WT20 squad: Jhulan Goswami (capt), Mithali Raj, Poonam Raut, Sulakshana Naik, Anagha Deshpande, Rumeli Dhar, Amita Sharma, Harmanpreet Kaur, Reema Malhotra, Diana David, Gouhar Sultana, Sonia Dabir, Priyanka Roy, Anjum Chopra
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