Mumbai - India's selectors on Tuesday chose three frontline spinners to help
Mahendra Singh Dhoni's men defend the Cricket World Cup title in Australia and
New Zealand from next month.
Off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin was
joined by left-armers Ravindra Jadeja and young Akshar Patel in a 15-man
squad announced in Mumbai for the showpiece event from February 14 to
Jadeja was selected despite being treated for a shoulder
injury that forced him out of the ongoing Test series in Australia.
Patel, 20, has claimed 14 wickets in nine one-day internationals so far.
is doing wonderfully well in his recovery process and we are hopeful he
will be fit in 10 days time," Indian cricket board secretary Sanjay
Patel told reporters.
The squad includes just four players -
Dhoni, Virat Kohli, Suresh Raina and Ashwin - who were part of the
winning team in 2011.
The selectors ignored Yuvraj Singh, the man
of the tournament in 2011, who was not in the preliminary 30-man squad,
but came into reckoning with centuries in three consecutive first-class
Teams are allowed to select players from outside their
preliminary pool, but the 33-year-old Singh's absence from the one-day
team over the past year due to poor form went against him.
The nucleus of the squad is the same which helped India win the Champions Trophy one-day tournament in England in 2013.
was no place for opening batsman Murali Vijay, one of the few Indian
players to emerge with credit from the Australia Test series with 402
runs in the first three matches at an average of 67.00.
Vijay, 30, played the last of his 14 one-day internationals in July 2013.
Sharma, who hit one-day cricket's highest score of 264 against Sri
Lanka last November, will open the batting with left-hander Shikhar
Dhawan, despite both faring poorly in the Tests.
includes seven batsmen, three spinners and five seamers in Ishant
Sharma, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Mohammed Shami, Umesh Yadav and all-rounder
The same players, along with two extra new-ball
bowlers Dhawal Kulkarni and Mohit Sharma, will take part in the one-day
tri-series with England and Australia starting on January 16.
are drawn in pool B of the World Cup alongside Pakistan, South Africa,
West Indies, United Arab Emirates, Ireland and Zimbabwe. The top four in
the pool will advance to the quarter-finals.
Dhoni's men begin their campaign with a mouth-watering clash against arch-rivals Pakistan in Adelaide on February 15.
Singh Dhoni (captain), Shikhar Dhawan, Rohit Sharma, Ajinkya Rahane, Virat
Kohli, Suresh Raina, Ambati Rayudu, Ravichandran Ashwin, Ravindra
Jadeja, Akshar Patel, Ishant Sharma, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Mohammed Shami,
Umesh Yadav, Stuart Binny.
Coach: Duncan Fletcher