The selection of team players for the Indian Champions Trophy 2017 is now complete. The selections surprised
many cricket fans as many talented players like Gautam Gambhir and Raina are left out. Suresh Raina holds the
record for most runs obtained by any single batsman. The latest news shows that Shikhar Dhawan included in India
squad for Champions Trophy, while Gautam Gambhir still out of favour. The new team is captained by Virat Kohli,
and the team members are: Shikhar Dhawan, Rohit Sharma, Ajinkya Rahane, Manish Pandey, Mahendra Singh Dhoni
(wk), Yuvraj Singh, Kedar Jadhav, Hardik Pandya, Ravichandran Ashwin, Ravindra Jadeja, Mohammed Shami, Umesh
Yadav, Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Jasprit Bumrah. Many fans twitter that Gambhir and Raina deserve a place and should
be included in the team. The selectors decided to back the experienced Ajinkya Rahane over youngster Rishabh
Pant. The fight was on whether the selectors would go for an extra batsman in Rahane or Pant or go for a third
spinner behind Ashwin and Jadeja.
With KL Rahul out of contention, recovering post-surgery, there was no dispute that Rohit Sharma and Shikhar
Dhawan will be the two openers picked. Virat Kohli, Yuvraj Singh, and Kedar Jadhav were automatic choices with
former skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni fitting the role of wicket-keeper and batsman. With Suresh Raina, the record
holder for the highest score by any individual batsman was not fit to play, and Manish Pandey was the expected
Even though opted out of the IPL, Ravichandran Ashwin is included as India’s premier spinner who will have the
warm-up games to work his way back into form. 28-year-old Ravindra Jadeja the left-hand allrounder and Slow
left-arm orthodox baller is a certainty in the shorter format.
The pace attack features the right arm medium spinner Jasprit Jasbirsingh Bumrah, Bhuvneshwar Kumar Singh, Umesh
Yadav, Right-arm fast-medium baller from Maharashtra, and a fit-again Mohammed Shami, the Right-arm fast-medium
Chief selector MSK Prasad said that Kuldeep Yadav the chinaman bowler was considered, but with Yuvraj and Kedar
in the team, he was missed out.
The other names that were seriously discussed include keeper-batsmen Rishabh Pant, Dinesh Karthik, Shardul
Thakur and Suresh Raina. Along with Kuldeep, these four are on the standby list.
"We respect IPL, but in the longer format, we have also to consider the English conditions that we are playing
in. Not just IPL but one needs to consider the performance of last one year also in such a big tournament,"
Prasad said. 35-year-old, Top-order left-hand batsman Gautam Gambhir, who has been performing well in the IPL,
was not even discussed.
Premier off-spinner Ashwin, who has skipped the IPL owing to an injury, which is not that serious but merely
required some rest has been included in the squad.