Tendulkar named for tri-series in Australia

Veteran Sachin Tendulkar was today recalled while paceman Praveen Kumar and spinner Rahul Sharma were also included in India's 17-member squad for the next month's tri-series in Australia.

Irfan Pathan also staged a comeback in the team, announced by BCCI Secretary Sanjay Jagdale after a marathon meeting of the selection committee here.
There were no major surprises in the ODI squad despite the team's dismal performance in the ongoing Test series, which India is trailing 0-3.

Tendulkar, who played his last ODI in World Cup final on April 2, is the only batsman who seems to be in good nick and will get an opportunity to record a historic 100th international century.

Zaheer Khan will spearhead the bowling attack which has Umesh Yadav, Praveen Kumar, Vinay Kumar and Irfan Pathan in the pace department.

R Ashwin and Rahul Sharma are the two specialist spinners while all rounder Ravindra Jadeja can also chip in with his spin.

Yuvraj Singh, who is still recovering from a lung ailment and injured Harbhajan Singh were not considered for selection. Varun Aaron and Munaf Patel were also not considered because of injuries.

The Indians are scheduled to play two Twenty20 matches on February 1 and 2, followed by the tri-series, also involving Sri Lanka, from February 5.

ODI and T20 squad: M S Dhoni (C), Virender Sehwag (VC), Sachin Tendulkar, Gautam Gambhir, Virat Kohli, Rohit Sharma, Suresh Raina, Ravindra Jadeja, R Ashwin, Unesh Yadav, Praveen Kumar, R Vinay Kumar, Manoj Tiwary, Rahul Sharma, Parthiv Patel, Irfan Pathan and Zaheer Khan.

It’s a collective failure: Srikkanth

National Secelction Committee Chairman Krishnamachari Srikkanth expres­sed huge disappointment on Indian team’s dismal performance Down Under, terming it a collective batting failure, reports PTI from Chennai.

“We are totally devastated. It is quite disappointing in the manner we have played in Australia. Now sitting in Chennai, it is difficult for me to pinpoint a particular reason as to what went wrong. Definitely our batting has failed consistently throughout the series,” Sri­kkanth told mediapersons on Sunday after announcing the team for the upco­mi­ng tri-series in Australia.

The former India captain sidestepped phasing out seniors. “Everybody can give any number of reasons as to why the team has done badly. But won’t you guys agree with me that this was the best available team? I don’t think that too much of a post-mortem would lead us anywhere,” said Srikkanth, who tried to put up a brave front.

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