Virender Sehwag and Paceman Zaheer Khan finds a place in the 15-man team for the July 21-August 7 visit of Sri Lanka, for a five-match one-day series and a Twenty20 international. Fast bowler Umesh Yadav and Left-arm spinner Pragyan Ojha and make a comeback while Allrounders Ravindra Jadeja, Yusuf, Irfan Pathan and Praveen Kumar have been dropped. Ojha is the third spin selection along with off-spinner R. Ashwin and Rahul Sharma. Top-order batsman Ajinkya Rahane is also back in the team.
Virat Kohli, Rohit Sharma, Suresh Raina and Manoj Tiwary keep themselves with Mahendra Singh Dhoni at the helm. Virat Kohli has been appointed the team’s vice-captain. Sehwag and Gambhir, as regular openers, have once again been paired together.
Chairman of BCCi selection community K Srikkanth said ” “We have the finest available side. Sachin is not available. I think it is a very decent side which has very solid batting line-up and good bowlers and we are poised that it will do fine in Sri Lanka.
A distinguished presence is left-arm spinner Pragyan Ojha, back in the side at the price of Jadeja who had a awful Asia Cup visit. Joining him in the spin section are R Ashwin and Rahul Sharma who have been retained. Harbhajan Singh, who is presently going over a thin cover, has been ignored yet again.
Team: MS Dhoni, Virat Kohli, Gautam Gambhir, Suresh Raina, Virender Sehwag, Rohit Sharma, R Ashwin, Pragyan Ojha, Zaheer Khan, Umesh Yadav, Ashok Dinda, Vinay Kumar, Ajinkya Rahane, Manoj Tiwari, Rahul Sharma.