Monday, February 14, 2011

Indian World Cup 2011 squad: Sreesanth, Rohit Sharma, Ojha dropped

The BCCI on Monday announced the 15-member Indian squad for the 2011 World Cup beginning from February 19.

The team comprises seven batsmen, one all-rounder, four pacers and three specialist spinners.

Sachin Tendulkar,Gautam Gambhir, Virat Kohli, Yuvraj Singh andSuresh Raina have been retained from the present team on a tour of South Africa. Vice-captainVirender Sehwag, who had opted out of the ODI series in South Africa, has made a return for cricket's biggest event.
Zaheer Khan, Munaf Patel, Praveen Kumar and Ashish Nehra will take care of pace-bowling while Harbhajan, R. Ashwin and Piyush Chawla form the spinners' trio.

Yusuf Pathan has been handed the all-rounder's job. Wicket-keeping has been entrusted entirely to captain M.S. Dhoni.

Those who failed to find a place in the team include spinner Pragyan Ojha, pacer S. Sreesanth and all-rounder Rohit Sharma.

The selection panel, headed by chief selector K. Srikkanth, chose the team out of a list of 30 probables. Dhoni and coach Gary Kirsten, who are currently busy with the ODI series in South Africa, were also part of the consultations done through teleconferencing.

The 15-member team is:
MS Dhoni (C)
Sachin Tendulkar
Virender Sehwag
Gautam Gambhir
Yuvraj Singh
Suresh Raina
Virat Kohli
Yusuf Pathan (all-rounder)
Zaheer Khan
Ashish Nehra
Munaf Patel
Praveen Kumar
Harbhajan Singh
R. Ashwin
Piyush Chawla

Chief selector K. Srikkanth said a well-balanced team had been picked up keeping in mind the ground and wicket conditions in the sub-continent.

"We have selected the best combination after consultations with the captain and the coach. I am confident the team will win the World Cup for us," Srikkanth said in Chennai.

He brushed aside concerns over fitness of the players, saying: "Every team has injury concerns. Why worry about it?"

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