ICC World Twenty20 2012 July 18, 2012

Yuvraj, Mandeep Singh among World T20 probables

ESPNcricinfo staff

Yuvraj Singh has been included in India's preliminary squad of 30 players for the World Twenty20 in Sri Lanka this September. Mandeep Singh, the Punjab batsman who plays for Kings XI Punjab in the IPL, and Ambati Rayudu, the Hyderabad and Mumbai Indians batsman, are the only uncapped players in the list.

Mandeep has played 13 first-class matches for Punjab and North Zone, scoring 1074 runs at an average of 63. He had a successful IPL 2012 for Kings XI Punjab, finishing the season as the tenth-highest run-scorer, with 432 runs at a strike rate of 126.

This selection is also Rayudu's first call-up to an India shortlist since he returned to the BCCI's fold after playing the Indian Cricket League (ICL). He's played 47 matches for Mumbai Indians, making 1084 runs at a strike rate of 128. Rayudu was Mumbai Indians' second-highest run-scorer in 2012, scoring 333 in 15 innings.

This is Yuvraj's first official inclusion in an India squad following his treatment for a mediastinal seminoma, a rare germ cell cancer, in the United States. His last appearance for India was in a Test match against West Indies in Kolkata in November 2011, and his last one-day match was the World Cup final against Sri Lanka in April that year. Yuvraj had respiratory difficulties through 2011 and in May he withdrew from the ODI series in the West Indies due to an "illness". He toured England but had to return home after breaking his finger in the Nottingham Test and later played two home Tests against West Indies. However, he then pulled out of the ODI series against West Indies in November citing an "abnormal tumour in his lung".

Yuvraj had originally targeted the CB series in Australia for his return to international cricket. However, he was ruled out of that tournament and travelled to the US in late January for what was later revealed to be cancer treatment. Yuvraj spent three months in Indianapolis' IU Simon Cancer Centre and returned to India in early April 2012. He is currently training in Bangalore and said he believed Twenty20 was the best format for him to begin his return to competitive cricket.

It is understood Yuvraj aims to play at least two matches in the three-day Buchi Babu tournament in Chennai or the four-day KSCA League in Bangalore or the inter-district Katoch Shield tournament in Punjab.

Probables: MS Dhoni, Virender Sehwag, Gautam Gambhir, Virat Kohli, Rohit Sharma, Suresh Raina, R Ashwin, Pragyan Ojha, Umesh Yadav, Ashok Dinda, Ajinkya Rahane, Manoj Tiwary, Rahul Sharma, Vinay Kumar, Zaheer Khan, Yuvraj Singh, Robin Uthappa, Irfan Pathan, Yusuf Pathan, Mandeep Singh, Piyush Chawla, Ravindra Jadeja, Shikhar Dhawan, Ambati Rayudu, Harbhajan Singh, Munaf Patel, Naman Ojha, Dinesh Karthik, Praveen Kumar, L Balaji.

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  • jaspreet singh on July 20, 2012, 16:19 GMT

    1.sehwag 2.gambhir 3.kohli 4. yuvraj 5. raina 6.dhoni 7.yusaf 8.irfan 9.ashwin 10. zaheer11.umesh/vinay kumar 13.munaf 14.mandeep 15. uthappa

  • Shanmugam on July 20, 2012, 15:17 GMT

    guyz wt r u telling ,is irfan a player he is nt even capable to play wth school boys,he is a waste fellow

  • Shajahan on July 20, 2012, 12:21 GMT

    Possible Choice of playing 11... 1.Gambhir, 2.Sehwag, 3.Raina, 4.Kohli, 5.Rohit Sharma/Yuvaraj, 6.Dhoni, 7.Yusuf/Jadeja, 8.Irfan/Munaf, 9.Ashwin, 10.Zaheer, 11.Ashok Dinda/Umesh Yadav

    Dhoni's team would be... 1.Gambhir, 2.Sehwag, 3.Raina, 4.Kohli, 5.Rohit Sharma, 6.Dhoni, 7.Jadeja, 8.Munaf, 9.Ashwin, 10.Zaheer, 11.Umesh Yadav

  • Dummy4 on July 20, 2012, 12:06 GMT

    For me final playing 11 will be

    1) Sehwag 2) Gambhir 3) Kohli 4) Dhoni 5) Rohit 6) Yuvraj 7) Raina 8) Ashwin 9) Balaji 10) Zaheer 11) Umesh

  • khalid on July 20, 2012, 11:54 GMT

    Propoasl by RAJA seenu for 11 is considerED good.

  • Dummy4 on July 20, 2012, 11:06 GMT

    what about varun aaron he was indian speed star

  • Dummy4 on July 20, 2012, 10:26 GMT

    team should be 1 dhoni 2 sehwag 3 gambhir 4 yuvraj 5 raina 6 rohit 7 virat 8 yusuf 9 ajinkya 10 zaheer 11 irfan 12 umesh 13 ashwin 14 ojha 15 vinay

  • Dummy4 on July 20, 2012, 5:45 GMT


  • Praveen on July 20, 2012, 0:51 GMT

    @MorD on (July 19 2012, 17:42 PM GMT)..Have you forgot MSD or have you ignored him in your squad of 15. If you have ignored him then you are the first one to do so here. Some naive taught. :). Your squad will never play together. Zaheer khan need to be playing international matches till 2018 to be included here which is big doubt and this team may be possible only in 2018 when Dhoni retires after 2016 T20 world cup.

  • Dummy4 on July 19, 2012, 22:39 GMT

    @Nampally Rohit is a brilliant fielder? selected alone for fielding? you must be joking. That way Jadeja is twice a fielder than rohit. Infact Jadeja is one of the best if not best fielder in India. then select him than this so called nohit.

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