India leave Sehwag at Home

April 10, 2013 at 10:23 am Leave a comment

Virender Sehwag, Harbhajan Singh, and Zaheer Khan were all notable absentees from India’s ICC Champions Trophy squad for this summer’s tournament, casting doubt over the future of the experienced trio’s international future.

Pragyan Ojha and Cheteshwar Pujara were another two big name players to miss out on the 30-man party that will travel to England for the final ever Champions Trophy.

While the omission of Harbhajan and Zaheer may not have been massive surprises considering both have been missing from the one-day side for some time now, there were more than a few raised eyebrows when it emerged Sehwag wouldn’t be in the squad.

Despite struggling with his form since the turn of the year, many cricket betting news outlets expected India to keep Sehwag at the top of the order for a tournament India will feel they can win.

It’s clear the selectors are focusing on looking to the future, but it still seems an odd decision to leave out a batsman who just two years ago hit the highest ODI score with his sensational 219 against the West Indies.

Fellow Test outcast Gautam Gambhir will travel to England after being named in a squad which also includes a number of untested youngsters in Jalaj Saxena, Siddharth Kaul, Kedar Jadhav and Ishwar Yadav.

Fit-again Umesh Yadav and Praveen Kumar have also been included among the 30 man party which will be cut down to a final 15 in May before the tournament begins the following month.

And there is a place for Jammu and Kashmir all-rounder Parvez Rasool, who makes history as the first player from the troubled region to join the senior international ranks.

For fans taking advantage of an in-play bet offer; this Indian squad still has enough quality in it to cause any team problems, and not many would rule India out of mounting a real challenge in this year’s tournament.


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