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No Rohit Sharma in World Cup squad

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January 17, 2011

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Piyush Chawla's 4 for 23 hastened Hong Kong's collapse, Hong Kong v India, Group B, Asia Cup, Karachi, June 25, 2008
Piyush Chawla made the cut despite not having played a one-dayer since July 2008 © AFP
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The exclusion of middle-order batsman Rohit Sharma was the surprise in India's 15-man World Cup squad announced in Chennai. The other bone of contention had been the second specialist spinner's slot, and the selectors have picked both offspinner R Ashwin and legspinner Piyush Chawla, ahead of left-arm spinner Pragyan Ojha. Most of the other names in the squad were along expected lines.

India's major concern ahead of the team selection was the injuries to four first-choice players - Sachin Tendulkar, Virender Sehwag, Gautam Gambhir and quick bowler Praveen Kumar - but the selectors picked all four, confident that they will be fit in time for the tournament which starts on February 19.

India's bowling attack for the World Cup will be significantly different from their standard Test attack, with only Zaheer Khan and Harbhajan Singh being named. The fast bowling pair of Sreesanth and Ishant Sharma, and Ojha are all excluded while Munaf Patel, who helped India to a series-levelling victory over South Africa on Saturday, has found a place as the fourth seamer.

The selectors have gone in for a well-stocked slow bowling department, expecting traditional subcontinent tracks for the World Cup. Besides Harbhajan, there are two specialists in Ashwin and Chawla, an allrounder in Yusuf Pathan besides the part-time offerings of Yuvraj Singh, Suresh Raina and Virender Sehwag.

Chawla was also something of a surprise pick, though he is part of the one-day squad currently touring South Africa. He hasn't played any one-dayers for India since the Asia Cup in July 2008, and none of his 21 ODIs have been at home.

The squad also has only seven specialist batsmen, including MS Dhoni, which might be a worry in case of injuries. India haven't played their full-strength one-day side since the New Zealand tour in early 2009. There is no reserve keeper in the squad either, but that shouldn't be a concern as they can have one travel with them in case he is needed at short notice.

Kris Srikkanth, chairman of the national selection committee, was confident India could end their 28-year wait for a one-day World Cup. "This particular Indian team is doing brilliantly for the past couple of years in both Test and ODI cricket. They are playing consistently not only in India but outside," he told reporters after the team was announced. "We are confident this team will do well and win the World Cup for us in front of the home crowd."

He also defended the large spin contingent in the squad. "Don't forget that you are playing in India. The spinners probably play a very major role on the turning wickets. I am confident that the kind of balance we have, the kind of batting line-up we have, this team led by Dhoni will do the job for us."

Squad: MS Dhoni (capt & wk), Sachin Tendulkar, Virender Sehwag, Gautam Gambhir, Yuvraj Singh, Suresh Raina, Virat Kohli, Yusuf Pathan, Harbhajan Singh, Praveen Kumar, Zaheer Khan, Ashish Nehra, Munaf Patel, Piyush Chawla, R Ashwin


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Posted by North on (January 20, 2011, 19:09 GMT)

this is unbelievable, close to 1700 comments on selecting 15 people. NO WONDER SELECTION IS A DIFFICULT PROCESS.

Posted by Dummy4 on (January 20, 2011, 18:52 GMT)

GOOD to see people ignoring Dhoni............ha ha......good joke.....team without a leader.........!!!!he is the real strength.......without him and Sachin the team is NOTHING............in one word NOTHING.............

Posted by Tony on (January 20, 2011, 12:34 GMT)

We cant do much about who has not been selected , nevertheless this looks a solid team!

My playing XI for the start of the tournament..

S.Tendulkar, V Sehwag, G Gambhir, Y Singh, MS Dhoni,S Raina, Y Pathan,Harbhajan S, Praveen K, Zaheer K, Munaf P

Subs: V Kohli,R Ashwin,P Chawla,A Nehra

V Kohli :- If he plays, he has to do so either at 3 or 4, and gambhir is automatic at 3, whereas yuvraj though not in complete form with his allround abilities and being a proven matchwinner, for me gets the nod ahead of kohli..

R Ashwin :- He will play ahead of Munaf if the wicket is spinner friendly ,because we are going to have 20 overs of spin with the current team, bhajji and the part timers make 20 overs. Yusuf,Yuvraj,raina,sehwag are all there to provide spinning options..

P Chawla :- I really dont think he will play a single match in the tournament!

A Nehra:- Woefully leaking runs and honestly after Zaheer, my options are praveen and munaf!

What are your throughts guys?!

Posted by Dummy4 on (January 20, 2011, 10:54 GMT)


Posted by Dummy4 on (January 20, 2011, 10:03 GMT)

m wth u uttam i also dnt wnt dhoni in the team....

Posted by Dummy4 on (January 20, 2011, 8:04 GMT)

a good team, but i don't like Dhoni in the team.. there is no contribution from him to the team effort so far.

Posted by Vijay P on (January 20, 2011, 6:52 GMT)

As I said before Piyush Chawla knows somebody who knows somebody in the headquarters. Dhoni is not going to play him in the final 11 anyway. He is there to just sit in the dressing room and earn millions of rupees just the way he is doing right now in the ongoing SA series.

Posted by kumar on (January 20, 2011, 2:31 GMT)

Thank god Irfan and Rohit have not been selected. Ojha would have been better ahead of Chawla. Ashwin should certainly be in the team as a spinner. Good team and ashwin could just be the surprise package for India if he plays.

Posted by Dummy4 on (January 19, 2011, 23:20 GMT)

What the hell where is R.P.Singh

Posted by Dummy4 on (January 19, 2011, 21:45 GMT)

hey Syed Ehtesham Ashwin is bowling allrounder. Ashwin fc average is 35.5. Please check crickinfo stats. Even in 2 odi he played. He got 38 against srilanka

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