Mohammed Shami recalled for India Champions Trophy campaign

Doug Mendoza
May 19, 2017

"The June 4 game is very important for us, not only because it is against India, but also because it will go a long way in helping us qualify for the semi-finals", the Express Tribune quoted Inzamam, as saying.

Harbhajan Singh and Gautam Gambhir failed to make the cut, but Yuvraj Singh is among the chosen team.

Prasad said that the main players who were discussed at length for selection were Suresh Raina, Dinesh Karthik, Kuldeep Yadav, Rishabh Pant and Shardul Thakur, each of whom has been placed on standby for the tournament. Chahal had made a strong case to be included in the CT squad with a 6-wicket haul against England in the 3rd T20I at Chinnaswamy earlier this year. Mohammed Shami is returning from injury while Ravi Ashwin is on a break.

Sharma had recovered from a thigh injury while Shami underwent a knee surgery.

The left-handed opener, who is the second-highest run-scorer so far in this IPL edition with 450 in 12 matches, said he was pumped up to play for India in the Champions Trophy.

In the all-rounder department, India will have the services of Hardik Pandya, Ravi Jadeja, Ravi Ashwin.

Shami is hopeful that the quartet of him, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Umesh Yadav and Jasprit Bumrah should be able to perform as a unit.

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The selectors only picked two specialist spinners in Ashwin and Jadeja, while looking to utilise the part-time spin of Yuvraj during the middle overs. And, it seems, the selectors have gone ahead with Rahane as the favoured choice.

But KL Rahul continues to remain on the sidelines due to an injury he sustained in his shoulder.

This allowed Shikhar to secure his position in the squad with Rahane coming as a back-up opener. "We're extremely pleased with Rishabh Pant, will groom him too".

India will defend their title in the ICC Champions Trophy 2017 which will once again take place in England.

India's first match is against Pakistan and the world can not watch the two arch-rivals clash again in an ICC event.

"The SGM may be divided on whether to send the Indian team for the Champions Trophy but the CoA is sure about its priorities". We have to work together and help each other in the team.

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