Indian team announced for next months Champions Trophy

MSK Prasad, the chairman of selectors, said Dhoni was gun player in crunch situations and his inputs to captain Virat Kohli have always been valuable. Rohit Sharma, who was part of the 2013 ICC Champions Trophy winning squad, missed a lot of worldwide cricket due to a thigh surgery.

Shami, who last played for India in an ODI, back in 2015 World Cup, has been included in the 15-member squad for the Champions Trophy and thus is looking for a fresh start in the 50-over format.

Rohit is one of eight surviving members from that victorious party, although his last one-day global appearance came in October 2016.

Pant, 19, was named among five players kept on standby, along with Suresh Raina, Kuldeep Yadav, Shardul Thakur and Dinesh Karthik.

Indian cricket team has been announced for the most awaited ICC Champions Trophy to be held in England next month.

India begins its title defence against arch-rivals Pakistan on June 4 in Birmingham. But it is understood that Ashwin did not have to go through those rigours because he was resting as opposed to injured.

India's star spinner R Ashwin is now recovering from a sports hernia but selectors expect him to get back in form before the tournament begins on June 1 in England and Wales. He had hurt his shoulder during the Test series against Australia and had conceded that recovering in time for the Champions Trophy was unlikely.

Rohit Sharma and Mohammed Shami are making a comeback after an injury layoff.

India confirmed its participation in the 2017 Champions Trophy and announced the squad led by skipper Virat Kohli on Monday.

"It would be a good thing for me that I am playing in IPL as it will give me the match practice required for the Champions Trophy". He last played for India in October 2016 against New Zealand.

India are in Group B for the competition where they'll face Pakistan, South Africa and Sri Lanka. Other members of squad include Shikhar Dhawan, Kedar Jadhav, Manish Pandey, Yuvraj Singh, Ravindra Jadeja, Hardik Pandya, Bhuwneshwar Kumar, Umesh Yadav, Jaspreet Bumrah and Ajinkya Rahane.



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