Press Esc to close
Saturday 30 July 2016
News updated at 10:45 AM IST
Weather
Max: 23.2°C
Min : 19.8°C
In Bengaluru
Generally cloudy

Selectors focus on 2015 World Cup

Bangalore, May 5, 2013, DHNS:
Yuvraj Singh

By omitting a few big names from the Indian squad for the Champions Trophy on Saturday, selectors have made it clear that their focus is on the World Cup 2015 to be played in Australia and New Zealand.

The selection panel headed by former India batsman Sandip Patil axed opener Gautam Gambhir and middle-order batsman Yuvraj Singh, while recalling Tamil Nadu wicketkeeper-batsman Dinesh Kaarthick and his state-mate Murali Vijay, who is likely to open along with Shikhar Dhawan in England. Dhawan’s too was an expected selection after his memorable Test debut against Australia at Mohali in March early this year.

Despite their poor run in the one-dayers against England and Pakistan at home, Gambhir and Yuvraj were expected to be given another chance but the selectors thought otherwise, and the turnaround in the left-handed pair’s fortune was nothing less than dramatic. Both Gambhir and Yuvraj had played important roles in India’s World Cup win in 2011. Gambhir had made a 97 in the final against Sri Lanka in Mumbai, while Yuvraj was the player of the tournament.

But since those heady days, their performance has gone down significantly, and Yuvraj also had to go through a tough battle against cancer. However, the Punjab southpaw was not the same force once he returned to the top-flight cricket, and even in ODIs, his pet format, he struggled to regain old touch.

He has managed just one fifty in eight matches after his comeback, while Gambhir, too, didn’t do any better. The Delhiite managed just 161 runs in eight one-dayers against England and Pakistan at home, eventually forcing the selectors to look elsewhere.

Considering the conditions in England in June, the selectors have also packed the side with pace bowlers that also saw the return of Umesh Yadav, Irfan Pathan and Karnataka’s R Vinay Kumar.


Go to Top

Photo Gallery
An elephant moves through a waterlogged street after heavy rains in New Delhi on Friday...

An elephant moves through a waterlogged street after heavy rains in New Delhi on Friday...

People catching fish at flooded water due to heavy rain Madiwala Lake over flow...

People catching fish at flooded water due to heavy rain Madiwala Lake over flow...

Rain water flooded on the road at Anugraha Layout 2nd stage, Bilekahalli in Bengaluru...

Rain water flooded on the road at Anugraha Layout 2nd stage, Bilekahalli in Bengaluru...

Workers remove scaffolding from a replica of planet earth after repairs at Science City...

Workers remove scaffolding from a replica of planet earth after repairs at Science City...

Women unload rice grains from a boat to dry in the sunshine in flood affected village Murkata...

Women unload rice grains from a boat to dry in the sunshine in flood affected village Murkata...

Members of Karunada Seene staging protest against Mahadai tribunal verdict at SBM circle...

Members of Karunada Seene staging protest against Mahadai tribunal verdict at SBM circle...

Karnataka Fire & Emergency Service personnel rescuing the people form the flood affected...

Karnataka Fire & Emergency Service personnel rescuing the people form the flood affected...

A boy tries to swim in the flooded water at Kodichikkanhalli area in Bengaluru on Friday...

A boy tries to swim in the flooded water at Kodichikkanhalli area in Bengaluru on Friday...

A young one-horned rhino trying to rise above water on the National Highway from the flooded...

A young one-horned rhino trying to rise above water on the National Highway from the flooded...

A Royal Bengal Tiger in a pool in Kolkata on Friday during International Tiger day...

A Royal Bengal Tiger in a pool in Kolkata on Friday during International Tiger day...

Copyright 2014, The Printers (Mysore) Private Ltd., 75, M.G Road, Post Box 5331, Bengaluru - 560001
Tel: +91 (80) 25880000 Fax No. +91 (80) 25880523