India in England 2014 August 5, 2014

Sanju Samson, Karn Sharma get India call-up

ESPNcricinfo staff

Uncapped Kerala wicketkeeper-batsman Sanju Samson and Railways leg-spin-bowling allrounder Karn Sharma have been named in India's 17-man squad for the five ODIs and one-off Twenty20 against England.

Mumbai seamer Dhawal Kulkarni, who was picked in the ODI squad for the home series against West Indies last year but was then ruled out with injury, has been included.

Suresh Raina, who was dropped from the ODI squad for the Asia Cup but led a second-string team to Bangladesh in June, also makes the 17. Fast bowlers Mohit Sharma and Umesh Yadav have also been retained from the squad which played in Bangladesh, while legspinner Amit Mishra misses out due to injury.

"Only Amit Mishra had been ruled out of selection since he is undergoing treatment and rehab following a back injury," BCCI secretary Sanjay Patel said, after the squad was announced. "Considering the World Cup, the management as well as the selectors have put more emphasis on selecting some of the youngsters like Sanju Samson, Mohit Sharma, Stuart Binny and Karn Sharma."

Samson, 19, was part of the India Under-19 team at the World Cup earlier this year, and had also impressed with his clean hitting and solid temperament for Rajasthan Royals in IPL 2014. He finished as India A's highest run-scorer in the recently-concluded quadrangular one-day series in Australia, with 244 runs from seven innings at an average of 81.33.

He kicked off the quadrangular with 81 against Australia A, after coming in with his team at 70 for 4 - and then 84 for 6 - in a chase of 253. He brought down the equation to 29 needed off 23 before he was the last man out. While he couldn't get the team home in that game, later on in the tournament he took them all the way in successive chases with unbeaten scores of 55 and 49.

Kulkarni was the leading wicket-taker in the quadrangular, with 14 scalps in six matches at 18.78, including a five-wicket haul and an impressive economy rate of 4.61. Karn was also part of the India A squad for the series. While he got only three games there, he managed to give a glimpse of his batting skills against South Africa A, hitting 39 off 16 to take India A across the line in a nail-biting chase. He was quite effective with the ball for Sunrisers Hyderabad in IPL 2014, with 15 wickets at 25.06.

With Mishra - India's first-choice legspinner of late - being ruled out, Karn will provide MS Dhoni with the leg-spin option. The selectors have included him as the third spinner in the squad anticipating that an additional spinner may be required during the series as it will be played towards the end of English summer when the pitches start assisting the slow bowlers.

Stuart Binny, who took a record-breaking 6 for 4 - the best bowling figures by an Indian in ODIs - in the Bangladesh series, stays on as the pace-bowling-allrounder, but Test-specialist Cheteshwar Pujara, who also featured in that series, misses out.

The first of the five ODIs will be played in Bristol on August 25, with matches in Cardiff, Nottingham, Birmingham and Leeds following. The T20 will be played in Birmingham on September 7, rounding off India's 10-week tour of England.

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  • Aayush on August 9, 2014, 14:05 GMT

    What happened to Yuvraj? Admitted he wasn't at his best during the IPL, but he came back to blazing form in the latter stage. Also, don't forget that brilliant 132 in the Lord's exhibition match.

  • Dummy4 on August 9, 2014, 9:26 GMT

    Naman Ojha & Kedar Jadhav are our 2 best inform batsmen. Check all stats to verify. Ojha Avg 400+ in last series. Kedar has been in top form for last 2 years. Please give them an opportunity. India needs match winners. Bowling - Sandeep Sharma deserves a look in & so does Yuzvendre Chahal who performed much better than every indian spinner in IPL. Rishi dhavan should be given chance as he is our best fast bowling all-rounder. Please do post this. Thanks .

  • Born on August 8, 2014, 15:53 GMT

    Karnataka were champions in both Ranji & Hazare trophy. But only Binny has got a chance, he was not even their best player this season. He got his chances mainly because of his heroics in last year's IPL. Similarly, Ranji runners-up Maharashtra have no representation in the team. 5-6 other players are in the team because of their performance in IPL.

    If this is how teams get selected, it is best to abolish all domestic tournaments and keep IPL alone. Players can freelance to other T-20 tournaments during non-IPL season.

  • Ashok on August 8, 2014, 15:37 GMT

    I am surprised at the exclusion of Aaron. Dhoni kept him out of XI fo the first 3 tests but he came back strongly in the 4th Test & impressed all with his pace. Yadev & Aaron will form a good fast bowling combo. But strangely the selectors fail to appreciate their "real" pace bowlers. In England pace dominates! It is great to see Karn Sharma & Sanju Samson. Raina & Ryudu's inclusion also adds to the weak Indian batting. It remains to be seen whether Rohit or Rahane will open with Dhawan or will it be Samson? Kohli, Raina, will b #3 & 4. Jadeja, Ashwin, Karn Sharma will compete for 2 places with 3 pace bowlers in Yadev, Kumar & Shami/Kulkarni. Personally I would have liked to see Naman Ojha & Uthappa in the squad as opener choices. Both are aggressive bats. Final XI likely: Dhawan, Rahane, Kohli, Rohit, Raina, Dhoni, Ashwin, Jadeja/Karn, Kumar, Yadev, Shami/Kulkarni. It is difficult to find a role for Binny in XI . Ashwin is a better bat than Binny or Jadeja & a good ODI bowler.

  • Cricinfouser on August 7, 2014, 8:54 GMT

    can't win series with this team..

  • Dummy4 on August 7, 2014, 7:32 GMT

    Rishi Dhawan should be given chance..he will balance the Indian team especially in overseas tour..currently the best medium pacer allrounder in INDIA!!

  • Dummy4 on August 7, 2014, 7:29 GMT

    Few points....Stretching IPL performances and making selections for playing International Matches abroad is a big stretch. 4 Players of the 17 more than likely won't play a single game. So it may not be a bad idea to select and expose potential young future players to rub shoulders with the seniors and be comfortable to take on the assignment when they will be called upon rather than select older players and not play them. I have been watching Indian Cricket now for 50 years....I haven't come across any other Indian Bowler (not even close...not even the great Kapil Dev) who can swing the ball both ways with control as Bhuvi does....I wish he was 5 to 10 mph faster. Also Shami has the most Rhythmic, efficient and repeatable bowling action of any Indian fast bowler I have seen. I think the Indian Selectors are doing a great job...we can always nitpick?

  • Dummy4 on August 7, 2014, 7:02 GMT

    No more Binny plz.India should try this team combo: Rahane,sanju/rohit/dhawan,kohli,raina,dhoni,sirjaddu,ashwarne,Bhuvi,Dhawal,Umesh,Mohit/Shami.Bhuvi, Dhawal and Umesh are bowling all rounder.dhawal has first class bat avg of 28 and bhuvi has 30 and also the best batsmen of this test series after vijay and rahane.Umesh scored 2 half centuries including a 90 of 66 balls in australia A tour .So,they are no mugs with bats.Jadeja, ashwarne and raina are batting all rounders.If sanju does play,then Dhoni should hand him the gloves and bowl some overs.He can definitely at better pace than Binniers.Binny's 6 wkt hall against bangla was a fluke,it happens once in a lifetime.It's time India consider Jaddu and Ashwin as batsmen who can bowl.This enables them to bowl 4 proper quicks.Hope binny,rohit or dhawan gets injured and yuvi comes in.

  • Dummy4 on August 7, 2014, 6:07 GMT

    Overall a good team...Rayudu shud have been replaced,,,he is hopeless...An IPL player...has limitations...feel happy for karn,samson and dhawal..they deserved a place...infact manoj tiwary shud be given a chance ..his leg spin is aplus..and he performed brillaintly in both test and odi s for india A.

  • Guna on August 7, 2014, 5:31 GMT

    Good to Sanju in the team but hopes he will be given chance to prove himself. good to see the selectors pick him but feel sorry for the guy Nojha/kedar who perform well during the Aus series not given a change. give a chance to Ojha for the test series who i think will do well. Selectors can also take a look at M.Vijay for the opening .

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