Dravid recalled to ODI squad after two years

MUMBAI, (Reuters) – Rahul Dravid received a surprise  recall to India’s one-day squad after a two-year absence while  selectors left out the injured Yuvraj Singh and Harbhajan Singh  for the limited-overs series against England.
The last time the 38-year-old Dravid, who has scored 10,765  runs from 339 ODIs, played an ODI was in September 2009 against  West Indies during the Champions Trophy in South Africa.

India are struggling in England and the world’s top-ranked  test side trail 2-0 with two tests left in the four-match  series.

“We have selected the team on basis of the conditions in  England. We have selected the team after a lot of deliberation  and I am sure it is a very good side,” selection committee chief  Krishnamachari Srikkanth told reporters.
Off-spinner Harbhajan and batsman Yuvraj were excluded from  the squad after they suffered injuries during India’s 319-run  defeat in the second test at Trent Bridge.

Left-hander Yuvraj fractured his index finger after he was  hit by a short-pitched delivery from England seamer Tim Bresnan  while Harbhajan suffered an abdominal muscle strain.

“Yuvraj Singh is one of our main players but unfortunately  when you have a fracture in the finger, you cannot do anything  about it,” Srikkanth said after the selection committee meeting  in Chennai.

Seamer Shanthakumaran Sreesanth failed to find a spot as  India went with Zaheer Khan, Praveen Kumar, Ishant Sharma, Munaf  Patel and R. Vinay Kumar as the five pacemen in the 16-man  squad.

ODI world champions India will play a Twenty20 match on Aug.  31 followed by five ODIs starting on Sept. 3.
Squad: Sachin Tendulkar, Virender Sehwag, Gautam Gambhir,  Virat Kohli, Suresh Raina, Rohit Sharma, Mahendra Singh Dhoni  (captain), Rahul Dravid, Parthiv Patel, Amit Mishra,  Ravichandran Ashwin, Zaheer Khan, Praveen Kumar, Ishant Sharma,  R. Vinay Kumar, Munaf Patel.

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