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Rohit, Shami return in India's 15-member squad for Champions Trophy

14 Mai 2017

India's three selectors avoided major surprises, offering little joy to youngsters like wicketkeeper-batsman Rishabh Pant despite his fine IPL showing. That was expected to be the only fight as the others picked themselves.

There was a toss-up between having an extra batsman or a third spinner.

Virat Kohli (captain), Rohit Sharma, Shikhar Dhawan, Ajinkya Rahane, Yuvraj Singh, Kedar Jadhav, MS Dhoni, Hardik Pandya, Ravindra Jadeja, Ravichandran Ashwin, Jasprit Bumrah, Umesh Yadav, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Manish Pandey, Mohammed Shami.

A similarly important player, Rohit Sharma reclaimed his spot as first-choice opener.

The COA stepped in to try and end the dispute with the panel also meeting BCCI members on Saturday to remind them that a confrontational approach would not be in the board's interests.

Talking about his team, the Pakistan chief selector said that the side was a flawless blend of young and experienced players. There were lengthy discussions over some names, but we zeroed in on these 15 names. Dhawan is not a regular member of the Indian team in all formats and in fact has only played two worldwide matches - ODIs against England - in the past six months. The four pace bowlers and the balanced spin bowling attack also makes the heavy batting side a better contender of the tournament this time. Along with Kuldeep, they are on Standby list.

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"We respect IPL but in the longer format, we have to also consider the English conditions that we are playing in". India took home the cup in the last tournament held in England.

Veteran opener Gautam Gambhir, who has been performing well in the IPL, was not even discussed.

Rohit Sharma and Mohammed Shami are making a comeback after an injury layoff.

India's star spinner R Ashwin is now recovering from a sports hernia but selectors expect him to get back in form before the tournament begins on June 1 in England and Wales.

On including Ashwin without testing him in a match situation, Prasad said the Chennai tweaker's injury was not serious and he merely required some rest.

Rohit, Shami return in India's 15-member squad for Champions Trophy