Uthappa returns to Twenty20 squad
Robin Uthappa has been recalled to the Indian squad for the Twenty20 International against England. He last represented the national team more than three years ago, in the 2008 Asia Cup in Pakistan. Yusuf Pathan, who was dropped after the West Indies tour, also made a return to the Twenty20 squad.
Gautam Gambhir will be unavailable for the T20I on October 29 due to his wedding. The other player from the ongoing ODI series missing in the Twenty20 line-up is Parthiv Patel. For the remaining ODIs, the selectors have retained the squad that has registered a 2-0 lead.
Uthappa, 25, who plays for Pune Warriors in the IPL, has been in good touch in the lead-up to his selection. He scored a half-century in the final of the BCCI Corporate Trophy and smashed 56 and 132 for India Green in successive innings of the NKP Salve Challenger Trophy, a 50-over domestic tournament.
After being dropped, Yusuf played for Kolkata Knight Riders in the Champions League Twenty20, and had a good time with the ball in the Challenger Trophy, taking 4 for 25 in one game.
Harbhajan Singh continues to be left out, both from the ODI and T20I sides, which makes the selection of the squad for the upcoming Test series against West Indies more interesting.
ODI squad: MS Dhoni (capt and wk), Gautam Gambhir, Virat Kohli, Ajinkya Rahane, Suresh Raina, Parthiv Patel, Ravindra Jadeja, R Ashwin, Praveen Kumar, Vinay Kumar, Umesh Yadav, Manoj Tiwary, Varun Aaron, Rahul Sharma, S Aravind.
Twenty20 squad: MS Dhoni (capt and wk), Suresh Raina, Ajinkya Rahane, Virat Kohli, Yusuf Pathan, Robin Uthappa, R Ashwin, Ravindra Jadeja, Praveen Kumar, Vinay Kumar, Umesh Yadav, Manoj Tiwary, Rahul Sharma, S Aravind.