Today, top 15 player squad for Champions Trophy has been announced by India. Both Indian left handers, Yuvraj Singh and Gautam Gambhir have been dropped. Umesh Yadav return from injury, Dinesh Karthik and Shikhar Dhawan are back in squad. Murli Vijay is a surprise package selected for top 15.
Cheteshwar Pujara the young talent of India is not available for the Champions Trophy 2013 because of injury. Where Ashok Dinda and Shami Ahmed, who were there for last one day series against England are drop out. Ashok Dinda dropped out just because of his poor bowling performances in ongoing IPL T20. He is the most expensive bowler in this tournament. Allrounder Irfan Pathan makes his way back to the team. Amit Mishra has been selected after his consistent bowling in IPL for Delhi Daredevils. Dinesh Karthik has selected for his outstanding batting performance in IPL 2013. He has scored 331 runs in 10 matches at a strike rate of 140.
In last two ODI series, Gautam Gambhir had scored just 127 runs in five ODIs against England and 34 runs in three against Pakistan. Yuvraj has only one half century in last eight ODIs. Virendra Sehwag and Harbhajan Singh are not in consideration of the selection committee.
So, the batting department is on shoulders of Shikhar Dhawan, Kohli, Suresh Raina, Murli Vijay and Rohit Sharma. All these are specialist batsmen. Dinesh Karthik is a substitute wicket Keepr for Dhoni, but he can make in top 11 just as a batsman. R Ashwin, Ravindra Jadeja and Amit Mishra will handle spinning department. India will go England with five pacers, Irfan, Umesh, Vinay, Bhuvneshwar umar and Ishant Sharma. These are the top 15 players who will represent India in Champions Trophy 2013.
India squad for the Champions Trophy:-
MS Dhoni (capt & wk), Shikhar Dhawan, Virat Kohli, Suresh Raina, Dinesh Karthik (wk), M Vijay, Rohit Sharma, Ravindra Jadeja, R Ashwin, Irfan Pathan, Umesh Yadav, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Ishant Sharma, Amit Mishra, Vinay Kumar
In: Shikhar Dhawan, Dinesh Karthik, M Vijay, Irfan Pathan, Umesh Yadav, Vinay Kumar
Out: Ashok Dinda, Gautam Gambhir, Shami Ahmed, Yuvraj Singh, Cheteshwar Pujara, Ajinkya Rahane