BCCI has announced their Team India squad for the 2017 Champions Trophy to be played in England next month. Virat Kohli will lead a strong 15-man contingent for the eight-team, event starting on the 1st of June, with his side set to play their opening game against Pakistan on the 4th of June in Birmingham.
Shikhar Dhawan finds a place in the squad, along with Rohit Sharma, who has been in the Indian setup after a gap of 6 months. His last game in India colours came against New Zealand in October. Ajnikya Rahane could serve as the third opener.
The middle-order will see Kohli joined by Yuvraj Singh, MS Dhoni, who will play his first major even as non-captain in 10 years, Kedar Jadhav, who impressed one-and-all with his batting in the home series against England also gets a place in the team as does Manish Pandey, who has not yet fully lived up to his billing as an able middle-order batsman in India colours.
The selectors have also decided to go in with four front fast bowlers in the form of Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Jasprit Bumrah, Umesh Yadav and Mohammad Shami, who like Rohit is coming after a long injury layoff. Hardik Pandya will serve as the bowling all-rounder in this squad.
Team: Shikhar Dhawan, Rohit Sharma, Virat Kohli (Captain), Ajinkya Rahane, Yuvraj Singh, Mahendra Singh Dhoni, Ravindra Jadeja, Hardik Pandya, R Ashwin, Bhuvaneshwar Kumar, Jaspreet Bumrah, Mohammad Shami, Umesh Yadav, Manish Pandey, Kedar Jadhav .