Sunday, 16 August 2009

India recall Dravid to ODI squad




Former India captain Rahul Dravid is to make a return to one-day international cricket after almost two years out.
The 36-year-old, who last played an ODI in October 2007, is included in India's tri-series trip to Sri Lanka and the Champions Trophy in South Africa.
Rohit Sharma has been dropped for Dravid, while opener Virender Sehwag is still out with the shoulder injury he suffered in the Indian Premier League.
However, Sachin Tendulkar and Suresh Raina return from injuries.
The duo missed India's trip to the West Indies for four one-day games in late June, early July - the tourists won the series 2-1, with one match abandoned because of rain.
And the selectors have returned to Dravid after Sharma scored just 15 runs in three innings in the Caribbean on the back of a mediocre World Twenty20 tournament.
In the bowling department, leg-spinner Amit Mishra is preferred to left-arm spinner Pragyan Ojha, while paceman Zaheer Khan's shoulder injury keeps him out of the squad.
India squad: Mahendra Dhoni (capt & wk), Sachin Tendulkar, Gautam Gambhir, Rahul Dravid, Suresh Raina, Yuvraj Singh, Yusuf Pathan, Harbhajan Singh, RP Singh, Amit Mishra, Praveen Kumar, Ishant Sharma, Dinesh Karthik (wk), Abhishek Nayar, Ashish Nehra.

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