World Twenty20 2014 January 17, 2014

Gambhir, Pathan brothers out of World Twenty20

ESPNcricinfo staff

Gautam Gambhir, Irfan Pathan and Yusuf Pathan were the big names missing in India's list of 30 probables for the World Twenty20 to be played in March and April of this year. Virender Sehwag didn't make it either, but with his abysmal form in the domestic season it was more or less expected. Cheteshwar Pujara and M Vijay missed out too, which is a clear sign the selectors look at them as Test specialists. Yuvraj Singh, who has been dropped from the ODI side, continued to be part of India's Twenty20 plans.

Gambhir last played for India in the ODI against England on January 27, 2013. After being dropped, Gambhir was a part of the India A squad in the series against West Indies A, during which he scored a century. He also scored a Ranji century just before India's squad for South Africa was picked, but that wasn't deemed enough to earn the team's favour back. MS Dhoni even remarked before India left for South Africa that Gambhir continues to be the third-best Test opener in India but this selection shows he faces a long road back into the side.

The Pathan brothers have been out since 2012, but are always considered important because of the dearth of allrounders in India. Irfan, though, had just come back from injury as the Ranji season ended, and got to play three matches, that too as a batsman alone. Yusuf put in one of his better Ranji seasons, averaging nearly 34 with the bat and 15 with the ball. Like his IPL franchise, Kolkata Knight Riders, who chose to not retain him, India have also decided against him.

Harbhajan Singh, who has been retained by Mumbai Indians, will be encouraged he is part of the 30. Other significant non-regulars given hope were Sanju Samson, Rajat Bhatia, Kedar Jadhav, Unmukt Chand, Mandeep Singh, Parthiv Patel, Shahbaz Nadeem and Karn Sharma.

India probables (men) Shikhar Dhawan, Rohit Sharma, Virat Kohli, Suresh Raina, Ajinkya Rahane, Ambati Rayudu, MS Dhoni, Dinesh Karthik, Ravindra Jadeja, R Ashwin, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Mohammed Shami, Ishant Sharma, Vinay Kumar, Stuart Binny, Mohit Sharma, Kedar Jadhav, Yuvraj Singh, Amit Mishra, Rajat Bhatia, Sanju Samson, Ishwar Pandey, Umesh Yadav, Unmukt Chand, Mandeep Singh, Harbhajan Singh, Varun Aaron, Shahbaz Nadeem, Parthiv Patel, Karn Sharma

India probable (women) Mithali Raj, Harmanpreet Kaur, Karuna Jain, Smriti Mandhana, Amita Sharma, Poonam Raut, Jhulan Goswami, Nagarajan Niranjana, Shubhlakshmi Sharma, Rajeshwari Gaikwad, Veda Krishnamurthy, Ekta Bist, Sonia Dabir, VR Vanita, Anagha Deshpande, Gouhar Sultana, Archana Das, Sneh Rana, Snehal Pradhan, Shwetha Jadhav, Sushma Verma, Shika Pandey, Madhuri Mehta, Thirush Kamini, Saika Ishaque, Neetu Jaiswal, Meghna Singh, Anita Lodhi, Ritu Dhrub, Asha Joy

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  • vishnu8249758 on May 28, 2017, 1:52 GMT

    dhawan rahane rohit kohli yuvraj raina rayudu dhoni binny jadeja Ashwin shami bhuveshwar mohit sharma mishra

  • ESPN on March 6, 2014, 23:19 GMT

    I think Irfan Pathan should be played in 11,s, as an allrounder, I feel sorry for gambhir and Y pathan.

  • Dummy4 on January 21, 2014, 14:42 GMT

    Will this go through?.......

    Shikar Dhawan. Ajinkiya Rahane/Rohit Sharma. Virat Kohli. Dinesh Karthik/Unmukt Chand/Mandeep Singh. Suresh Raina. MS Dhoni. Rajat Bhatia/Stuart Binny/Ravindra Jadeja. R Ashwin. Karan Sharma. Bhuvneshwar Kumar. Mohammed Shami.

  • Android on January 21, 2014, 5:55 GMT

    dis is very bad selection this mater responsible is srikant and Dhoni I think y.pathan ,I.pathan uthappa and gambhir in select top 30

  • Dummy4 on January 19, 2014, 7:54 GMT

    dhawan,karthik,raina,kohli,jhadav/rohit,dhoni,ashwin,jadeja/bhatia/mishra,shami,ishanth,mohit sharma/varun will be good for final 11 and 15 respectively

  • Dummy4 on January 18, 2014, 19:11 GMT

    I can think one more bowler who was Praveen Kumar..Where is he these days .why is he kept aside every time where there is a huge bowler crisis in Indian Team in these days in overseas conditions.I can remember he played his last test match in England 2011 where he was the only bowler performed brilliantly in English climate.

    it is good that Rayudu and Binny got the call but at the same time if Varun Aaron gets the so should Gambhir,Praveen Kumar as well among 30 it is very disappointing Indian captain ruling hi own rules..

  • Johnathon on January 18, 2014, 17:29 GMT

    Dhawan only had a purple patch of good form. His luck is running out, and on the long term, he is not such a great player. Gautum Gambhir though is world class and has played everywhere and done well everywhere. I think there were some dressing room/personal problems with him ( i do recall a kohli and gambhir fight in the IPL)

  • Dummy4 on January 18, 2014, 12:49 GMT

    Not in playing XI, but gambhir is not even for consideration into 30 member probables. Is the selection team trying to play a joke? This is biggest joke in my life ever. He is not such an undeserving player. He deserves the place even in 30 member team. Shahrukh Khan knows the value of gambhir, than BCCI. Gambhir is retained and appointed as KKR captain for IPL7.

  • Dummy4 on January 18, 2014, 12:46 GMT

    Y not Ghambhir Again ?????? because of him We won the previous Two world cup

  • Dummy4 on January 18, 2014, 12:02 GMT

    why Suresh Raina why not Gambhir ?

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