Sachin Tendulkar opts out of Lanka tour, Sehwag and Zaheer back in team

first_imgThe fit-again duo of opening batsman Virender Sehwag and pace spearhead Zaheer Khan on Wednesday made a comeback but Sachin Tendulkar opted out from India’s 15-member cricket squad for the five one-dayers and a Twenty20 International against Sri Lanka, starting July 21.Tendulkar, who is now a Rajya Sabha member, was a part of the squad for the Asia Cup in March — India’s last ODI assignment — where he completed his 100th international century but decided to opt out of Sri Lanka tour.Watch Sachin’s 100 tons in picturesYoung Mumbai batsman Ajinkya Rahane has replaced Tendulkar in the side. The other change from the side that played in the Asia Cup is the inclusion of left-arm spinner Pragyan Ojha in place of out-of-form all-rounder Ravindra Jadeja.The Kris Srikkanth-led selection committee, which picked the squad in a meeting here, also decided to replace Praveen Kumar with Zaheer’s pace understudy Umesh Yadav.”We have the best available team. Sachin is not available. I think it is a very good side which has very strong batting line-up and good bowlers and we are confident that it will do well in Sri Lanka,” chairman of selection committee Krishnamachari Srikkanth told reporters after announcing the squad.There was no place for feisty off-spinner Harbhajan Singh, who endured indifferent form during the IPL and has now signed up with English county side Essex, as the selectors continued to ignore him while Rahul Sahrma was retained in the side. The team will thus have three spinners on low-bouncing and spinning tracks in Sri Lanka.advertisementThe team will also have seven specialist batsmen, four seamers and a wicketkeeper in captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni.The rest of the squad, to be led by Mahendra Singh Dhoni, remains the same with the selectors retaining Virat Kohli as vice-captain, a position that the Delhi youngster took from opener Gautam Gambhir during the Asia Cup.Squad:M S Dhoni (captain), Virat Kohli (vice-captain), Gautam Gambhir, Suresh Raina, Virender Sehwag, Rohit Sharma, R Ashwin, Pragyan Ojha, Zaheer Khan, Umesh Yadav, Ashok Dinda, Vinay Kumar, Ajinkya Rahane, Manoj Tiwari, Rahul Sharmalast_img

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