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India all-rounder Stuart Binny has been included in the country’s 15-man World Cup squad.
Other than him, there were no major surprises when it came to inclusions and exclusions.
The 15-man squad consists of five batsmen, two wicketkeeper-batsmen, three all-rounder, four pace bowlers and one specialist spinner.
All-rounder Ravindra Jadeja and seamer Ishant Sharma were both drafted into the side even though they are currently recovering from injuries. Jadeja returned home midway through the ongoing Test series against Australia with a shoulder strain, while Sharma was ruled out of the fourth Test with a knee injury.
“Jadeja is at present going under a rehabilitation programme. He is doing wonderfully well,” Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) secretary Sanjay Patel said. “We had a detailed discussion today with the BCCI physio [Nitin Patel] and we are quite hopeful he will be match-fit within the next ten days.
“Ishant has a temporary injury with which he is doing well. But he has been advised by our present [team] physio not to play the current Test [in Sydney]. He will be fit for the tri-series.”
When asked how close veteran all-rounder Yuvraj Singh had come to making the final cut, Patel said: “Not only Yuvraj Singh, a lot of other players were also discussed apart from the 30, and after a lot of deliberation [the team was finalised] in the presence of all the five selectors as well as captain MS Dhoni and coach Duncan Fletcher, who were there on conference call.”
India’s World Cup Squad: Mahendra Singh Dhoni (capt & wk), Shikhar Dhawan, Rohit Sharma, Virat Kohli, Ajinkya Rahane, Suresh Raina, Ambati Rayudu, Ravindra Jadeja, Ravichandran Ashwin, Akshar Patel, Ishant Sharma, Mohammed Shami, Umesh Yadav, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Stuart Binny