India make changes for Pakistan ODIs
India have named an unchanged squad for the two Twenty20 internationals with Pakistan but have made six alterations to the party for the three one-day internationals that follow with Yuvraj Singh recalled.
Yuvraj, who is back in action after recovering from a rare form of lung cancer, was expected to return to the ODI set-up after starring in this week’s 1-1 T20I draw with England. His last ODI was India’s 2011 World Cup final victory, after which the all-rounder was named player of the tournament.
Yuvraj is among the same 15 available after several injuries to face England that is set to make up the team for T20Is at Bangalore on Tuesday and Ahmedabad three days later.
However, there are significant changes to the ODI squad that won 4-1 in Sri Lanka during July and August, a tour that Sachin Tendulkar - who today retired from ODIs - did not take part in.
All-rounder Irfan Pathan, fast bowler Umesh Yadav and middle-order batsman Manoj Tiwary were left out due to injuries. Seamer Zaheer Khan was not considered to allow him time to get fit for the Tests with Australia beginning in February, although he could feature in January’s five ODIs with England, while spinners Pragyan Ojha and Rahul Sharma have been dropped.
Those called up for the series beginning at Chennai a week today are Yuvraj, Ravindra Jadeja, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Ishant Sharma, Shami Ahmed and Amit Mishra.
T20I squad: Mahendra Singh Dhoni (capt & wk), Gautam Gambhir, Ajinkya Rahane, Yuvraj Singh, Rohit Sharma, Suresh Raina, Virat Kohli, Ravindra Jadeja, Ravichandran Ashwin, Ashok Dinda, Ishant Sharma, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Parvinder Awana, Piyush Chawla, Ambati Rayudu.
ODI squad: Mahendra Singh Dhoni (capt & wk), Virender Sehwag, Gautam Gambhir, Virat Kohli, Yuvraj Singh, Rohit Sharma, Suresh Raina, Ravindra Jadeja, Ravichandran Ashwin, Ishant Sharma, Ajinkya Rahane, Ashok Dinda, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Shami Ahmed, Amit Mishra.