Rohit returns for India's Champions Trophy defence

Doug Mendoza
May 13, 2017

The seventh batsman's slot is expected to be taken by Manish Pandey.

Rohit, who has recovered from a thigh injury, made a comeback as selectors gave weightage to his round the year performance.

Defending champions India will open their campaign against Pakistan on June 4 at Edgbaston.

There were concerns that the Board of Control for Cricket in India may decide at a special general meeting in Delhi on Sunday to keep Virat Kohli's team at home instead of travelling to the mini-World Cup in England.

Prasad also mentioned the list of standby players.

"We definitely considered Kuldeep".

"I have some good memories of the tournament and I had a great one the last time we played there", Dhawan said. Since Yuvraj (Singh) and Kedar (Jadhav) can bowl spin.

Stand-bys: Rishabh Pant, Suresh Raina, Kuldeep Yadav, Shardul Thakur, Dinesh Karthik.

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He also expressed his views on a player being picked in an ODI side based on IPL performances.

The selectors were also probably influenced by the fact that Dhawan was adjudged man-of-the-tournament when India won the last edition of the eight-team event, also held in England and Wales, four years ago.

"May be one place here and there". Premier spinner Ashwin, now suffering from sports hernia has also been included in the squad.

"It was not really a serious injury. In fact his franchise has been magnanimous to accept our request of resting him", said Prasad.

Manish last played for India against New Zealand in October 2016. "According to me, he is still the best wicketkeeper in world cricket", Prasad, who himself was a wicketkeeper, said. A lot has changed in Indian cricket since and the Bengal pacer says he too has changed, for the better that is.

Meanwhile, Prasad dispelled any doubts about Mahendra Singh Dhoni's future in global cricket, terming him as the world's best wicketkeeper right now.

Administrative Manager: Kapil Malhotra (Cricket Club of India).

With the IPL going on, the worldwide cricket is nearly at a stand-still. Though we haven't seen some good spells from him this IPL but we are sure that he will be performing well on England's fast pitches. "We will groom him, nurture him and back him", the chief selector said. "I am pumped up to play the Champions Trophy", he added. However if India select an eighth batsman the choice will be between senior pro Ajinkya Rahane and rookie Rishabh Pant (purely as a batsman).

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