ICL: Indian Cricket League

India pick Sehwag, Pathan in WC squad


India’s cricket selectors on Monday picked Virender Sehwag in India’s World Cup squad in spite of the aggressive batsman being woefully out of touch in the run-up to the showpiece event.

The selectors also included the injured duo of seamer Irfan Pathan and batsman Yuvraj Singh in the 15-man squad, confident they will recover in time for the World Cup opening in the Caribbean on March 13.

Rahul Dravid will captain India with senior pro Sachin Tendulkar, set for his fifth World Cup, appointed the deputy, ahead of former skipper Sourav Ganguly. “I am quite excited about the team,” said Dravid, himself a veteran of two World Cups. “But we are aware and believe that it is not about the team, but how it performs. How six or seven key players perform supported by the others in the team, that will be the focus,” he added.

Sehwag, 28, was selected despite scoring just 273 in his last 15 one-dayers, including an unimpressive 19 off 23 balls in the five-run defeat against Sri Lanka on Sunday.

Sehwag, the only Indian to compile a triple-century in Test cricket, was favoured for his career record of 4,775 runs from 165 one-dayers, with seven centuries. He is also a useful offspin bowler, with 71 one-day wickets, giving Dravid an option of an additional spinner.

Coach Greg Chappell and Dravid joined the five-man selection committee, headed by former Test captain Dilip Vengsarkar, in picking a squad that has a good blend of experience and youth.

Six players — Robin Uthappa, Dinesh Karthick, Mahendra Singh Dhoni, Irfan Pathan, Shanthakumaran Sreesanth and Munaf Patel — will be playing in their first World Cup.

Yuvraj (back injury) and Pathan (sore shoulder) were picked after team physiotherapist John Gloster said he was confident both would be fit before the team departed for the Caribbean on February 28.

India’s World Cup squad: Rahul Dravid (captain), Sachin Tendulkar, Sourav Ganguly, Robin Uthappa, Yuvraj Singh, Virender Sehwag, Dinesh Karthick, Mahendra Singh Dhoni, Irfan Pathan, Ajit Agarkar, Anil Kumble, Harbhajan Singh, Zaheer Khan, Shanthakumaran Sreesanth, Munaf Patel; Coach: Greg Chappell.

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