Indian squad for the upcoming Asia Cup Cricket 2010 has announced today (8 June). In a surprise move, Indian selectors left out Yuvraj Singh from
Mahendra Singh Dhoni, who was rested for the Tri-nation Series in
Saurabh Tiwary, the promising Jharkhand batsman, has earned his first call-up to the national team. His recent performance in domestic circuit impressed the selectors. The 20-year-old has scored 1579 runs at an average over 50 from 19 first class matches with 6 centuries to his credit. Moreover, his performance in limited over cricket is also impressive. His hard-hitting batting helped Mumbai Indians reach the final of IPL 2010.
However, the biggest surprise is the omission of Yuvraj Singh. The batsman has been suffering from a wrist injury over the last few months and struggling for form in the recent tournaments.
All rounder Yusuf Pathan also failed to make the cut for the Asia Cup squad following his recent poor form. He failed to continue his impressive IPL form in international circuit. His exclusion has left
India will feature their first choice pace attack in Asia Cup as Zaheer Khan, Praveen Kumar and Ashish Nehra have come back. Praveen Kumar was forced to go back home after sustaining abdominal muscle tear during Twenty20 World Cup 2010. However, the pacer has shaken off the injury and is ready to take part in Asia Cup.
Praveen’s replacement in T20 World Cup, Umesh Yadav, who also played in the recent Tri-nation series, has failed to keep his place following a poor show in
However, Bengal pacer Ashok Dinda and off spinner R Ashwin were included in the squad, despite
Chief of the Indian selectors, Kris Srikkanth, has said that fitness, fielding ability and consistency were at the core of their mind while selecting the squad.
Ambati Rayudu and Robin Uthappa could not earn the call, despite having an impressive domestic performance recently. There are some who believe that Uthappa should have been included in T20 World Cup squad following his excellent performance for
MS Dhoni (wk), Gautam Gambhir, Virender Sehwag, Suresh Raina, Virat Kohli, Rohit Sharma, Saurabh Tiwary
Zaheer Khan, Praveen Kumar, Ashish Nehra, Ashok Dinda, Harbhajan Singh, Pragyan Ojha, R Ashwin