After almost two years stylish right handed Rahul Dravid was included in list of 30 probable announce by Indian selectors for ICC Champions Trophy 2009. Rahul Dravid who last played ODI in October 2007 against Australia in Nagpur got selected by the Indian selectors in the 30 player squad.
Sachin Tendulkar, Virendra Sehwag, Suresh Raina and Zaheer Khan who missed the recently concluded ODI series in Caribbean due to injuries also included in the squad. The biggest surprise inclusion was of Rahul Dravid who averages 39.49 scoring more than 10,000 runs in 333 games.
Many experts believe that lack of ability to handle the short pitch stuff by the young Indian players prompted Indian selectors to go with experienced Rahul Dravid. Suresh Raiana, Rohit Sharma, Gautam Gambhir and Yusuf Pathan all struggled to handle the short-pitch deliveries in twenty20 world championship as well as in recently concluded ODI series against West Indies.
Irfan Pathan and S.Sreesanth were the two players who missed out to make into the 30 probable squads.
India List of 30 Probables for Champions Trophy 2009: MS Dhoni, Virender Sehwag, Gautam Gambhir, Yuvraj Singh, Rohit Sharma, Sachin Tendulkar, Rahul Dravid, Suresh Raina, Yusuf Pathan, Abhishek Nayar, Ishant Sharma, Zaheer Khan, RP Singh, Praveen Kumar, Harbhajan Singh, Pragyan Ojha, Ravindra Jadeja, Dinesh Karthik, Munaf Patel, R Ashwin, M Vijay, Amit Mishra, Ajinkya Rahane, Dhawal Kulkarni, S Badrinath, Ashish Nehra, Virat Kohli, Bhuvneshwar Kumar Singh, Wriddhiman Saha, Pankaj Singh.