Yuvraj Singh, who has started training was named in India’s 30-member list of probables for the September-October World Twenty20 Championships in Sri Lanka.
Harbhajan Singh who has been on the sidelines for a quite some time due to poor form, has also been included in the squad.A few youngsters such as Mandeep Singh, Naman Ojha and Ambati Rayudu were picked in the list announced by the BCCI secretary Sanjay Jagdale. Paceman Laxmipathy Balaji, who last played an international match in 2009, was also part of the provisional list which will be pruned to a 15-member squad at a later stage.
Yuvraj Singh, who started practicing in Bangalore National Cricket Academy after undergoing chemotherapy in the United States earlier this year, Yuvi was return to international cricket with the World T20 Championships.
Yuvraj Singh is best remembered for his astonishing six sixes off one Stuart Broad over at the 2007 edition of the mega-event. Yuvraj Singh was expected to make the cut at least in the preliminary list given that the selectors were themselves keen on having the flamboyant left-hander back in the squad.
Krishnamachari Srikkanth chief selector said, that ”I think a guy who has won the World Cup for us deserves to come back”.
The rest of the players who have been in and out of the team on a rotational basis.
Youngsters in the line-up include batsman Ajinkya Rahane, who would be filling up for Sachin Tendulkar in the upcoming tour of Sri lanka. Shikhar Dhawan, who endured an indifferent tour of the West Indies with the India A squad, has also been included.
The Indian Premier League (IPL) effect was there to be seen in the squad with the selectors including 20-year-old all-rounder Mandeep Singh in the squad.
The Kings XI Punjab player, who is a former under-19 captain, has been rewarded for his fine performance for Kings XI in the IPL.
Rayudu has also got in on the merit of his consistent IPL performances for Mumbai Indians. Virender Sehwag, Gautam Gambhir and pace spearhead Zaheer Khan have been included.
World Twenty20 Championships Squad: Mahendra Singh Dhoni, Virender Sehwag, Gautam Gambhir, Virat Kohli, Rohit Sharma, Suresh Raina, R. Ashwin, Pragyan Ojha, Umesh Yadav, Ashok Dinda, Ajinkya Rahane, Manoj Tiwary, Rahul Sharma, Vinay Kumar, Zaheer Khan, Yuvraj Singh, Robin Uthappa, Irfan Pathan, Yusuf Pathan, Mandeep Singh, Piyush Chawla, Ravindra Jadeja, Shikhar Dhawan, Ambati Rayudu, Harbhajan Singh, Munaf Patel, Naman Ojha, Dinesh Karthik, Praveen Kumar, L Balaji.
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