MUMBAI, (Reuters) – Middle-order batsman Ajinkya Rahane was the lone uncapped cricketer in India’s 30-member preliminary squad for next year’s World Cup, the Indian cricket board announced today.
The squad, which will be pruned to 15 players before Jan. 19, contains four wicketkeepers including captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni. Right-hander Rahane, 22, was rewarded for scoring consistently in the domestic season.
Selecton committee chairman Kris Srikkanth said the squad was devoid of any surprise inclusion or omission.
“This is a probables team and everyone selects himself,” he told reporters. “The World Cup is happening in the subcontinent and I am confident that the team will do well.”
India squad: Mahendra Singh Dhoni, Virender Sehwag, Sachin Tendulkar, Gautam Gambhir, Virat Kohli, Yuvraj Singh, Suresh Raina, Harbhajan Singh, Zaheer Khan, Ashish Nehra, Shanthakumaran Sreesanth, Munaf Patel, Ishant Sharma, Vinay Kumar, Murali Vijay, Rohit Sharma, Ravindra Jadeja, Ajinkya Rahane, Saurabh Tiwary, Yusuf Pathan, Parthiv Patel, Ravichandran Ashwin, Wriddhiman Saha, Dinesh Karthik, Shikhar Dhawan, Amit Mishra, Piyush Chawla, Cheteshwar Pujara, Pragyan Ojha, Praveen Kumar.