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India's preliminary World Cup squad

India have named it's Preliminary squad of 30 players for 2011 Cricket World Cup. Apart from the omission of the 37-year-old Dravid, who has not played an ODI since September last year, and Pathan, on the sidelines since February 2009 in ODIs, there aren't any surprise selections. Mumbai middle-order batsman Ajinkya Rahane is the only uncapped player to be included in India's 30-member preliminary World Cup squad.

The batting list expectedly features Tendulkar, Sehwag, Gautam Gambhir, Yuvraj Singh, Rohit Sharma and Suresh Raina.

The 22-year-old Pujara along with Virat Kohli are among the youngsters picked in at least the preliminary squad.

The bowling line-up is also on the expected lines with the pace attack led by Zaheer Khan featuring Ashish Nehra, S Sreesanth, Munaf Patel and Ishant Sharma.

The spin department has the experienced Harbhajan Singh along with Amit Mishra, Piyush Chawla, Pragyan Ojha and R Ashwin.

Apart from Mahendra Singh Dhoni, the probables list has three other wicketkeepers in Parthiv Patel, Wriddhiman Saha and Dinesh Karthik.
The squad would be pruned to half by next month and chairman of selectors

Preliminary World Cup Squad

MS Dhoni,
Virender Sehwag,
Sachin Tendulkar,
Gautam Gambhir,
Virat Kohli,
Yuvraj Singh,
Suresh Raina,
Harbhajan Singh,
Zaheer Khan,
Ashish Nehra,
Munaf Patel,
Ishant Sharma,
Vinay Kumar,
M Vijay,
Rohit Sharma,
Ravindra Jadeja,
Ajinkya Rahane,
Saurabh Tiwary,
Yusuf Pathan,
Parthiv Patel,
R Ashwin,
Wriddhiman Saha,
Dinesh Karthik,
Shikhar Dhawan,
Amit Mishra,
Piyush Chawla,
Cheteshwar Pujara,
Pragyan Ojha,
Praveen Kumar

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robin uthappa is better than so many players in the list
uday-nandedkar on 24 Dec 2010, 08:15 PM
they vl miss uthappa
shivu87 on 22 Dec 2010, 10:37 PM
Hello everyone,
I Strongly believe that Team India are favorites for WC2011.

Experience, Consistency, Fitness is must for a PLAYER to be a PART OF WORLD CUP TEAM.

Sadly, Dravid is not among 30 Probables. I wish to see him driving Team India to grab World Title.

Vote for Dravid at ESPN Poll Vote Here.

Voting should be introduced, to know public opinion on players participating in World Cup. And public voices should be made heard. Because every Indian has right to put his/her views.

The page presents a sort of that. Support Team India click on the link.

Thank you INDIA, and see you LIFTING WC2011.
Count down starts now, THIS IS A WORLD CUP REVOLUTION
Jai Hind..

Thank you :)
Rakesh2010 on 20 Dec 2010, 10:47 PM
till this selection commitee is there no robin uthappa in indian team
Camilo-Fernandes1 on 20 Dec 2010, 10:34 PM
where is wall
anthony-david on 20 Dec 2010, 09:46 PM
@abverb: Thank you for being so specific... :):)
shweta-pawar on 20 Dec 2010, 08:06 PM
I would agree that Robin Uthappa is being given a raw deal. But he may not be able to replace Yuvraj or Jadeja from the list of 30.
Yuvraj has been a more established matchwinner who has performed consistently over the past 10 years. It is only in the last year that his performances dipped and his problems were compounded by fitness issues. Everyone is hoping that he will work his way out of the slump.
Jadeja is in the list to fulfil a different role as that of an all-rounder (who ideally helps maintain team balance). As we all know that India has been trying to find a replacement for Kapil Dev for the past 18 years. Even though Jadeja falls way short of what is expected of him, there seems to be a dearth of all-rounders in the country which seems to work in favor of Jadeja.

Uthappa definitely has match-winning potential but has been kind of inconsistent and has been a victim of poor shot-selection thereby causing his own downfall. But in the past 1-2 years, he has come up with some real good performances both in IPL and other domestic cricket that should have been considered by the selectors. Considering he is also a much improved part-time wicket keeper, he could have been named instead of one of Parthiv/Saha/Dinesh Karthik. One of these 3 even has a good chance of making it to the final 15 as a stand-by wkt keeper as a cover for Dhoni and will get to play in final XI only if Dhoni gets injured. Otherwise, they will be with the team "Just for Jolly". Uthappa instead of one of them would have provided an explosive middle-order option coupled with his wkt keeping skills. Another point is that in the unforeseen event of 2 of the 3 openers(sachin/sehwag/Gambhir) getting injured, he can open the batting also (he has done that before).

But Yes, If Robin continues to work hard and performs consistently in the domestic circuit/IPL etc., he can make sure that it becomes difficult for selectors to overlook him in the future.
abverb on 20 Dec 2010, 12:29 PM
@ Maddy: Everybody has a right to have their own opinion. I have my own views & there is nothing that would make another laugh. :(
shweta-pawar on 20 Dec 2010, 08:04 AM
The best comedy of the century .....Uthappa is better than Yuvraj?????ROLF ROLF ROLF....I cant stop laughing....:D:D:D:D:D:D
maddydravid on 20 Dec 2010, 07:59 AM
What about ROBIN UTHAPPA????
Didn't the selectors see he is better than PARTHIV PATEL OR R JADEJA OR YUVRAJ SINGH????? Aren't they being unfair with him by overlooking????
shweta-pawar on 20 Dec 2010, 07:34 AM
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