Sunday, August 16, 2009

Dravid back in Indian ODI team

Former India captain Rahul Dravid was today recalled to India's one-day squad for the forthcoming tri-series in Sri Lanka and the ICC Champions Trophy in South Africa next month.

Rohit Sharma, Pragyan Ojha, Subramaniam Badrinath and Ravindra Jadeja were the notabe ommisions from the squad that won the one-day series in West Indies in June.

Amit Mishra was recalled to the one-day squad for the first time since he made his debut in 2003.

While Rahul Dravid has made a return to the Indian team after a gap of nearly two years, Sachin Tendulkar and Suresh Raina have also made a comeback.

The 36-year-old Dravid's last ODI appearance was as far back as in October, 2007.

As expected, Tendulkar who made himself unavailable for the four-match ODI series in the West Indies in June-July, is back to the squad along with Suresh Raina. An injury had kept Raina away from the West Indies tour.

Virender Sehwag has not been picked as the selectors want to give him some rest after his shoulder surgery.

And with Zaheer Khan too ruled out after a similar surgery, Ashish Nehra will now partner Ishant Sharma with the new ball.

UP all-rounder Praveen Kumar got the nod ahead of Sudeep Tyagi for the last seamer's slot.

Tamilnadu captain Dinesh Karthik, who came in for the West Indies ODIs as replacement for Virender Sehwag, and Abhishek Nayar, who edged out Ravindra Jadeja, held on to their places.

Chief selector Krish Srikkanth and his colleagues in the selection committee went by the players' performance in their last ODI series in the West Indies, which they won 2-1, besides their fitness levels which was assessed in Delhi and Mumbai under coach Gary Kirsten's hawk eyes.

India squad: Sachin Tendulkar, Gautam Gambhir, Rahul Dravid, Suresh Raina, Yuvraj Singh, MS Dhoni (capt/wk), Yusuf Pathan, Harbhajan Singh, Praveen Kumar, Ishant Sharma, Ashish Nehra, RP Singh, Amit Mishra, Dinesh Karthik, Abhishek Nayar.

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