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ODI series: Ganguly, Dravid left out

A huge surprise in the Indian team selection for the tri-series in Australia, Sourav Ganguly has been left out despite a fairly successful year after he made a comeback to the team.

There is still no place for Rahul Dravid, who has now missed three one-day series in a row. Suresh Raina makes a comeback after almost a year. The UP batsman made 85 in a losing cause for his team in the Ranji trophy on Saturday.

BCCI has announced the 16 members for the Twenty20 match and for the triangular ODI series starting from February 1 to March 7, 2008.

Meanwhile, despite rumours about his fitness and an alleged attitude problem, Yuvraj Singh remained deputy to skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni.

The board said we looking towards the future team of India the selection committee has provided the youngsters who have done well in domestic cricket an excellent platform

Virender Sehwag, who has opened the innings in the ongoing Perth Test with some success, has also come back into the reckoning for the ODIs.

Manoj Tiwary, Yusuf Pathan and Munaf Patel will be on standby, BCCI secretary Niranjan Shah said.

“The three selectors here had a teleconference with two of their colleagues Ranjib Biswal and Venkatapathy Raju and Dhoni in Australia, after which the team was selected,” Shah said.

Explaining reasons behind ignoring Ganguly and Dravid, Shah said, “The emphasis was on fielding abilities and they wanted a young fielding side for the series. That’s why you see a lot of youngsters in the side.”

Team

MS Dhoni (Captain), Sachin Tendulkar, Virendra Sehwag, Yuvraj Singh (Vice Captain), Harbhajan Singh, Robin Uthappa, Gautam Gambhir, Irfan Pathan, Sreesanth, RP Singh, Ishant Sharma, Rohit Sharma, Suresh Raina, Dinesh Karthik, Piyush Chawla, Pravin Kumar.

Standbye: Manoj Tiwary, Yusuf Pathan and Munaf Patel.

3 Responses to “ODI series: Ganguly, Dravid left out”

  1. Jaan! Says:

    If dada is out, why is sachin still in?

  2. Arushi Says:

    I agree jaan. Why is sachin still playing if Dada && dravid are left out.

  3. jahnavi Says:

    hmm…if its dhoni behind ganguly’s ouster……..i dont know its right or wrong decision…..but i know tat right now dhoni knows better wat the team needs as a skipper…afterall under his captaincy v hv got the 20-20 world cup. aftr achieving such a milestone. why cant he take a decision 4 the team..?…he shud b given a chance 2 prove his ability. why is he being targeted as a villain…..its quite funny….

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