As expected by many experts and Indian fans finally Rahul Dravid will again play for India after almost two years gap. On Sunday 16th August when selector held their meeting in Chennai to pick the squad for Champions Trophy to be held in South Africa and for Triangular series to be played between India, Sri Lanka and New Zealand in Sri Lanka just before the Champions Trophy many peoples have expected that Rahul Deravid will be in the squad after seeing failure to play short pitch deliveries by the young Indian batsman.
Rahul Dravid last played an one day international for India in October 2007 in Nagpur against Australia in which he manage just 52 runs in his 6 innings but his form in the second IPL season in South Africa - where the Champions Trophy will be held - and the vulnerability of India's younger middle-order batsmen in the recent World Twenty20 and on West Indies tour prompted the selectors to fall back on his experience and technique.
Sachin Tendulkar and Suresh Raina also made come back to the Indian squad after missing the ODI series against West Indies in West Indies.
Virendra Sehwag who is yet to recover from his shoulder injury is not included in both Squads since Indian selectors don’t want to risk him by playing him considering the hectic schedule to follow after Triangular series and Champions Trophy. Zaheer Khan who already ruled himself out of contention was also not included in the squad due to injury.
Surprise inclusion in squad was Delhi lad Virat Kohli who impressed the selectors by scoring two centuries in Australia by playing for Emerging India recently. However Virat Kohli was included only for the tour of Sri Lanka but not in the Champions Trophy Squad.
Rohit Sharma and P.Ojha are the two players who left out from the squad after the poor show in the recent series. Leg-spinner Amit Mishra has been selected ahead of Pragyan Ojha as Praveen Kumar has outscored Sudeep Tyagi for the last seamer's slot.
India squad for Triangular Series: Sachin Tendulkar, Gautam Gambhir, Rahul Dravid, Yuvraj Singh, Mahendra Singh Dhoni (Captain), Suresh Raina, Abhishek Nayar, Yusuf Pathan, Harbhajan Singh, Praveen Kumar, Ashish Nehra, R.P.Singh, Ishant Sharma, Amith Mishra, Dinesh Karthik, Virat Kohli.
India squad for Champions Trophy: Sachin Tendulkar, Gautam Gambhir, Rahul Dravid, Yuvraj Singh, Mahendra Singh Dhoni (Captain), Suresh Raina, Abhishek Nayar, Yusuf Pathan, Harbhajan Singh, Praveen Kumar, Ashish Nehra, R.P.Singh, Ishant Sharma, Amith Mishra, Dinesh Karthik.