Indian selectors announced a young 15-man squad for
India’s upcoming tour of . At least 9 regular players including captain MS Dhoni and Sachin Tendulkar are missing the tour. Some of them have been rested while some are recovering from their injuries. Zimbabwe
On the tour,
India will take part in a tri-nation ODI tournament involving host Zimbabwe and . The tournament begins on 28 May 2010. After the tournament, Sri Lanka India will face in a two-match twenty20 series. Zimbabwe
Indian players who are going to miss the tour are: Dhoni, Tendulkar, Zaheer Khan, Virender Sehwag, Praveen Kumar, Gautam Gambhir, Ashish Nehra, Yuvraj Singh and Harbhajan Singh.
Young Suresh Raina will lead
on the tour which will give him an opportunity to show his leadership skill for the first time. In the absence of many front-line players, Indian selectors called up some of India ’s promising players who showed strong performances in IPL 2010. India
Pankaj Singh, Naman Ojha and R Ashwin are the 3 uncapped players included in the squad. This is the first call up for wicketkeeper Naman Ojha who had a very successful IPL campaign with Rajasthan Royals this year. Young pacer Ashok Dinda also earned a recall from the national selectors with his IPL performance for Kolkata Knight Riders.
Indian pace attack looks totally new in the presence of Dinda, Vinay Kumar, Pankaj Singh and Umesh Yadav who was called up as the replacement of injured pacer Praveen Kumar during the T20 world cup 2010.
In spin department, Amit Mishra and Pragyan Ojha made a come back on the back of their IPL performances. Besides, Tamil Nadu off spinner R Ashwin has been awarded another call up following his excellent performance with Chennai Super Kings in IPL 2010.
Indian batting line up, however, has a number of well-known faces including vice-captain Virat Kohli. Murali Vijay and Dinesh Karthik will open for India who will be followed by Raina, Kohli, Rohit Sharma, and two all rounders: Yusuf Pathan and Ravindra Jadeja.
Piyush Chawla was not picked up for the tri-nation series, but the spinner will be part of
India’s twenty20 squad in . Zimbabwe
Here is the Indian squad for the
tour 2010: Zimbabwe
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Suresh Raina (c), Dinesh Karthik (wk), Virat Kohli (vc), Rohit Sharma, Murali Vijay, Naman Ojha (wk)
Vinay Kumar, Umesh Yadav, Ashok Dinda, Pankaj Singh, Amit Mishra, R Ashwin, Pragyan Ojha, Piyush Chawla (only for T20 series)
Yusuf Pathan, Ravindra Jadeja