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India Confirm World Cup Squad

Ravindra Jadeja
Ravindra Jadeja is one of three spinners in India's World Cup squad
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India have named three spinners - Ravichandran Ashwin, Ravindra Jadeja and Akshar Patel - in their 15-man World Cup squad.

The defending champions will be led by MS Dhoni with Virat Kohli as his vice-captain.

Suresh Raina and Ashwin are the only other players who also featured in 2011, when India won the tournament on home soil by beating Sri Lanka in Mumbai.

Next month, their defence gets underway when they take on Pakistan on 15th February in Pool B, also playing South Africa (22nd February), United Arab Emirates (28th February), West Indies (6th March), Ireland (10th March) and Zimbabwe (14th March).

Despite some calls for his inclusion, there is no place in the squad for 2011's man of the tournament Yuvraj Singh, with Ambati Rayudu, Ajinkya Rahane and Rohit Sharma preferred.

Stuart Binny, who toured New Zealand with India last year, is included as an all-rounder alongside left-arm spinner Jadeja.

Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Mohammad Shami, Ishant Sharma and Umesh Yadav are the pace bowlers selected.

Before the World Cup, India play a One-Day International tri-series in Australia against their hosts and England.

The same squad, with fast bowlers Dhawal Kulkarni and Mohit Sharma added, has been named for the tri-series, which gets underway for India on 16th January.

India World Cup squad: MS Dhoni (captain, wicket-keeper), Virat Kohli (vice-captain), Ravichandran Ashwin, Stuart Binny, Shikhar Dhawan, Ravindra Jadeja, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Mohammad Shami, Akshar Patel, Ajinkya Rahane, Suresh Raina, Ambati Rayudu, Ishant Sharma, Rohit Sharma, Umesh Yadav

India squad for ODI tri-series: MS Dhoni (captain, wicket-keeper), Virat Kohli (vice-captain), Ravichandran Ashwin, Stuart Binny, Shikhar Dhawan, Ravindra Jadeja, Dhawal Kulkarni, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Mohammad Shami, Akshar Patel, Ajinkya Rahane, Suresh Raina, Ambati Rayudu, Ishant Sharma, Mohit Sharma, Rohit Sharma, Umesh Yadav

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