Indian selectors on Monday 17th January announced the much awaited 15 member squad for the upcoming 2011 World Cup, these are the 15 players who will carry the dream of billions of fan to lift the trophy.
Only Surprise inclusion in the squad is Piyush Chawla who has yet to play an ODI game after 2008, however if we go by Dhoni statement then the main reason for his inclusion was the variety he brings out in his bolwing and he can also bat a bit.
Rohit Sharma, S.Sreesanth, P.Ojha and Ishant Sharma are the players who have missed out. The most surprising exclusion was Rohit Sharma who was not picked for the World Cup.
India’s major concerned ahead of the selection was the injury to some of the key players like Sachin Tendulkar, Gautam Gambhir, Virendra Sehwag and Praveen Kumar but as per the Indian selector all four will be fit before the mega events get under way.
India's bowling attack for the World Cup will be significantly different from their standard Test attack, with only Zaheer Khan and Harbhajan Singh being named. The fast bowling pair of Sreesanth and Ishant Sharma, and Ojha are all excluded while Munaf Patel, who helped India to a series-levelling victory over South Africa on Saturday, has found a place as the fourth seamer.
The Squad includes three spinners Harbhajan Singh, R.Ashwin and Piyush Chawla. The squad also has only seven specialist batsmen, including MS Dhoni, which might be a worry in case of injuries. With Yusuf Pathan is only one all rounder in the squad.
India World Cup Squad: MS Dhoni (Captain & WK), Sachin Tendulkar, Virender Sehwag, Gautam Gambhir, Yuvraj Singh, Suresh Raina, Virat Kohli, Yusuf Pathan, Harbhajan Singh, Praveen Kumar, Zaheer Khan, Ashish Nehra, Munaf Patel, Piyush Chawla, R Ashwin.