Dhawan In, Gambhir And Harbhajan Miss The Bus
Shikhar Dhawan along with dependable hitters Ajinkya Rahane and Rohit Sharma have made into the Indian cricket team as the BCCI picked them for the upcoming Champions Trophy to be held in England from June 1.
But senior players Gautam Gambhir and spinner Harbhajan Singh were not included in the squad.
BCCI selection committee chairman MSK Prasad said Indian has fair chances of winning the Trophy as almost all the players are in good form, thanks to a good IPL season.
Rishabh Pant, Kuldeep Yadav, Shardul Thakur, Suresh Raina and Dinesh Karthik are the stand-by players for the ICC Champions Trophy.
“The stand-by players will be issued visas and will practise at the National Cricket Academy in Bengaluru,” said Prasad.
The Virat Kohli-led squad has no surprises with off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin and pacer Mohammed Shami making it back to the team after their respective injury layoffs.
India will start their Champions Trophy campaign against arch-rivals Pakistan on June 4.
Squad: Virat Kohli (Captain), Shikhar Dhawan, Rohit Sharma, Mahendra Singh Dhoni (WK), Yuvraj Singh, Kedar Jadhav, Hardik Pandya, Umesh Yadav, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Manish Pandey, Mohammed Shami, Ravichandran Ashwin, Ravindra Jadeja, Jasprit Bumrah, Ajinkya Rahane
Stand-bys: Rishabh Pant, Suresh Raina, Kuldeep Yadav, Shardul Thakur, Dinesh Karthik.