ICC Champions Trophy: Raina, Gambhir dropped again as Rohit, Shami make cut

Remigio Civitarese
Mag 17, 2017

Shami, who last played a one-day worldwide in the 2015 World Cup, has recovered from injury and been playing with the Delhi Daredevils in the Indian Premier League.

The BCCI had skipped the deadline for announcing the team and threatened a pull-out from the Champions Trophy over the dispute with the ICC. He is one player who we are looking at for the future. Jasprit Bumrah and Hardik Pandya are youngsters we've been grooming.

As per reported by Hindustan Times, chief selector MSK Prasad said: "We considered Rishabh Pant, Kuldeep Yadav, Suresh Raina, Dinesh Karthik and Shardul Thakur".

However, a BBCI statement said it "unanimously decided that the Indian cricket team will participate". But for the time, it seems to be a good news for the Indian cricket fans. Dhawan's opening partner is going to be Rohit Sharma.

Highlights from Sunrisers Hyderabad's seven-wicket win over Mumbai Indians in the IPL. BCCI had missed the April 25 deadline following issues with the International Cricket Council (ICC) over revenue sharing. He has been a regular opener for India in the last 12 months. It can be argued that two wickets in five IPL games is no great shakes, but Shami has had the selectors' faith ever since he returned to global cricket last July after a long gap.

Agreed, Rohit might not have played worldwide cricket for some time and also failed in the tenth season of IPL, but he is a class act and can win matches single-handedly for India. India won in Pune and Cuttack but lost in Kolkata.

India are now the defending champions. The defending champions will be led by Virat Kohli, under whom India have not lost a series yet. India play Sri Lanka on June 8 and South Africa on June 11.

"I think we have a very good pace attack for the Champions Trophy. I will try to do my best and continue from where I had left", Shami said after being picked for the Champions Trophy on Monday. Both had sustained injuries during India's marathon home season which saw the hosts playing 13 Tests.

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