India announces 15-member T20 World Cup squad
Karnataka pacer R Vinay Kumar was, on Friday, rewarded for his consistent domestic performance as he was named in India’s 15-member squad for Twenty20 World Cup starting in the West Indies next month.
The 26-year-old Vinay Kumar, who has been impressive in the ongoing IPL, was the only new face in the squad to be led by Mahendra Singh Dhoni.
Barring Vinay’s inclusion and the recall of Uttar Pradesh leg-spinner Chawla, there were no major surprises in the squad announced by the BCCI secretary N Srinivasan after a selection panel meeting.
Pacers Ishant Sharma, S Sreesanth and RP Singh, who were in the provisional 30-member list, failed to figure in the squad while spinners Pragyan Ojha and Amit Mishra also missed the bus.
Delhi batsman Virat Kohli, who was in the ODI squad against South Africa last month, was also left out of the squad for the event to be held in the Caribbean from April 30 to May 16.
“We have selected the best team for the Twenty20 World Cup. We are happy with the performance of every member of the team. They have shown consistency,” chairman of selectors Krishnamachari Srikkanth said after picking the squad.
“The Twenty20 World Cup is still one month away and we hope that this team will do well in the event,” he said.
Srikkanth also said as of now there is no worry. “Everyone is hundred per cent fit and all the fitness certificates have been submitted to the Board. All the members are fit and fine,” he said.
Ashish Nehra, who has not played a single match in the ongoing IPL because of a rib cage injury, has been included in the squad with the selectors expecting the gangling paceman to be fully fit for the mega event.
Vinay has forced his way into the team on the back of his consistent performance in domestic cricket, claiming 46 wickets in the Ranji Trophy. He has so far captured 202 wickets in 54 first class matches with eight for 32 his best figures.
The diminutive Chawla pipped Ojha and Mishra for the second spinner’s berth in the squad which has Harbhajan Singh as the spin spearhead
Source : Times of India