Injured Jadeja in, Yuvraj ignored for World Cup squad
Mumbai, Jan 6 (IANS) Injured all-rounder Ravindra Jadeja was included in the 15-member Indian squad for the 2015 ICC Cricket World Cup starting Feb 14 but star batsman Yuvraj Singh’s hopes of getting a late call-up were dashed as the BCCI announced the team for the mega-event here Tuesday.
Jadeja is nursing a shoulder injury sustained during training in the early stages of India’s ongoing tour of Australia.
“The All-India Senior Selection Committee met in Mumbai today (Tuesday) and selected the Indian team for the Tri-series between India, Australia and England to be played in Australia from the 18th of January,” Sanjay Patel, secretary of the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI), said.
“The Indian team for the ICC Cricket World Cup 2015 to be played in Australia/New Zealand from February 2015 was simultaneously selected.”
Jadeja picked up the injury while training and wasn’t considered for selection for the first two Tests of the ongoing four-match series and returned to India to undergo treatment.
Axar Patel was flown in to Australia as a substitute for Jadeja. Patel, the likely candidate to replace Jadeja in case of his unavailability, was also included in the squad.
Jadeja was also named in the ODI squad for the tri-series involving India and England to be played in Australia after the Test series.
Recent Test retiree Mahendra Singh Dhoni was named the captain of the side while Virat Kohli was declared his deputy.
India are the defending champions having won the trophy under the leadership of Dhoni at home in the 2011 edition of the quadrennial event.
But 2011 Cup’s man-of-the-tournament Yuvraj Singh’s outside chance of getting a call-up failed to materialise.
He was earlier kept out of the list of 30 probables alongside four other former heavyweights — Harbhajan Singh, Zaheer Khan, Gautam Gambhir and Virender Sehwag.
India play their first match against Pakistan Feb 15.
The Indian squad for the World Cup:
Mahendra Singh Dhoni (captain), Virat Kohli (vice-captain), Ajinkya Rahane, Shikhar Dhawan, Rohit Sharma, Stuart Binny, Suresh Raina, Ravindra Jadeja, Ambati Rayudu, Axar Patel, Ravichandran Ashwin, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Mohammed Shami, Umesh Yadav, Ishant Sharma.
The Indian squad for the tri-Series:
Mahendra Singh Dhoni (captain), Virat Kohli (vice-captain), Ajinkya Rahane, Shikhar Dhawan, Rohit Sharma, Stuart Binny, Suresh Raina, Ravindra Jadeja, Ambati Rayudu, Axar Patel, Ravichandran Ashwin, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Mohammed Shami, Umesh Yadav, Mohit Sharma, Ishant Sharma, Dhawal Kulkarni.