Sunday, January 20, 2008

Ganguly Dravid Dropped Again from the One Day Squad

MUMBAI, January 20: Selectors on Sunday sprang a surprise by leaving out former captains Sourav Ganguly and Rahul Dravid from India's 16-member squad for the tri-series in Australia, which also involves Sri Lanka.

Though Dravid was not part of the Indian One-day team that played against Pakistan, Ganguly was a regular in the side since his comeback from the wilderness.

Explaining reasons behind ignoring Ganguly and Dravid, Shah said,

The emphasis was on fielding abilities and they wanted a young fielding side for the series. That's why you see a lot of youngsters in the side.
A Board source said the selectors had an eye on the future and hence they decided to invest in youth, rather than sticking with the seniors.

India squad: MS Dhoni (Captain), Sachin Tendulkar, Virender Sehwag, Yuvraj Singh (Vice Captain), Harbhajan Singh, Robin Uthappa, Gautam Gambhir, Irfan Pathan, S Sreesanth, RP Singh, Ishant Sharma, Rohit Sharma, Suresh Raina, Dinesh Karthik, Piyush Chawla and Praveen Kumar.

Standbye: Manoj Tiwary, Yusuf Pathan and Munaf Patel.


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