BCCI announced the 15 member squad for the 2011 worldcup here on monday(today). Leg spinner Piyush Chawla was the surprise inclusion while young batsman Rohit Sharma and bowler S Sreesanth were dropped.Tamil Nadu spinner Ravichandran Ashwin was also named in the squad announced by the BCCI. India’s major concern ahead of the team selection was the injuries to four key players – Sachin Tendulkar, Virender Sehwag, Gautam Gambhir and pacer Praveen Kumar – but the selectors decided to include them, expecting all four to be fit in time for the high-profile tournament.
Mahendra Singh Dhoni (capt/wk), Virender Sehwag, Sachin Tendulkar, Gautam Gambhir, Virat Kohli, Yuvraj Singh, Suresh Raina, Harbhajan Singh, Zaheer Khan, Munaf Patel, Praveen Kumar, Yusuf Pathan, Piyush Chawla, R Ashwin, Ashish Nehra.
Captain Dhoni is the only wicket keeper with the selectors ignoring all the three other keepers – Parthiv Patel, Dinesh Karthik and Wriddhiman Saha – who featured in the list of 30 probables. India are clubbed in Group-B in the world Cup alongwith Bangladesh, England, South Africa, West Indies, Ireland and The Netherlands.
India will play the inaugural match of the World Cup against Bangladesh in Mirpur on February 19.