Chairman of selectors MSK Prasad dispelled any doubts about Mahendra Singh Dhoni's future in worldwide cricket, terming him the world's best wicketkeeper right now.
Mumbai: The Senior Men's Selection Committee of BCCI announced the 15-member squad for the upcoming ICC Champions Trophy 2017 this morning. BCCI had said that India could participate in the ICC Champions Trophy.
The ICC welcomed the decision from the BCCI to confirm the participation of defending champions India. But Shami has proven his fitness in the IPL so should be good to go because he has shown that he can hit the right lines immediately.
Pakistan are slated to play two warm-up games in Birmingham before their clash against India - taking on Bangladesh on May 27 before facing world champions Australia on May 29. Secretary of the BCCI [Amitabh Choudhary] to continue negotiations with the ICC in the best interest of the BCCI while keeping its legal options open.
Kuldeep, Suresh Raina, Dinesh Karthik, Rishabh Pant and Shardul Thakur were all put on a standby list. India took home the cup in the last tournament held in England. "We are completely impressed by how Rishabh Pant is playing". "We discussed Kuldeep Yadav who would have been a solid player. We will groom him, nurture him and back him".
India's 3-format opener KL Rahul missed the 10th edition of the Indian Premier League owing to a shoulder injury and has been subsequently ruled out for the next 2-3 months which confirmed his absence from the CT squad.
"Ashwin's injury was not serious and we wanted to give him a break". The franchise was magnanimous enough to listen to our request to rest him.
Manish last played for India against New Zealand in October 2016. "It's not like others who have undergone surgeries and are getting rehabilitated".
The middle order looks very strong with the likes of Yuvraj Singh, who also makes a comeback to the Indian squad.
This allowed Shikhar to secure his position in the squad with Rahane coming as a back-up opener. The pace attack would be led by Bhuvaneshwar Kumar, who is in the top form at this time. None from captain Virat Kohli, MS Dhoni or Kedar Jadhav have got big runs in this T20 season so far.
"It is a balanced team, an experienced team and I think we have picked the best possible side", Prasad said. "Best person to guide Virat, invaluable for the team".