Rohit Sharma, Mohammed Shami Return To Indian Squad For ICC Champions Trophy

Posted May 18, 2017

India's campaign begins on June 4 against Pakistan.

Squad: Virat Kohli (captain), Shikhar Dhawan, Rohit Sharma, Ajinkya Rahane, Mahendra Singh Dhoni, Yuvraj Singh, Kedar Jadhav, Hardik Pandya, Ravichandran Ashwin, Ravindra Jadeja, Mohammed Shami, Umesh Yadav, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Jasprit Bumrah and Manish Pandey.

India have belatedly named their Champions Trophy squad, which includes recovering offspinner Ravi Ashwin, nearly two weeks after missing the initial deadline.

The Indian squad for the upcoming Champions Trophy was announced earlier during the day, paving the way for the willow champs to jump into the Champion Trophy tournament and defend the cup.

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With KL Rahul out of contention, recovering post-surgery, the BCCI appears to have played it safe in picking out of form Rohit Sharma and Shikhar Dhawan as the two openers. During the ongoing IPL, he has scored 183 runs in 10 innings for Mumbai Indians, the first team to qualify for the play-offs. But it is understood that Ashwin did not have to go through those rigours because he was resting as opposed to injured. He last played for India in October 2016 against New Zealand. Shami has an ability to swing the ball both ways and he's done and troubled a lot of batsmen with his swing and pace in the past. Shami has picked up two wickets in five games in the IPL since his return to action from a lengthy injury layoff.

According to a report of India Today, Indian captain Virat Kohli will join the team selection meeting May 8 via a conference call to pick the squad for the Champions Trophy. MSK Prasad-led panel of selectors team announcement brings a great relief for all the Indians fans who were in amidst about India taking part in this years champion trophy.

Champions Trophy will be played in England from June 1 to 18.

Inzamam admitted that Pakistan didn't have a good record against India in the major events, but added he was sure his players could perform well this time around. "We will try to bring home the Champions Trophy", he said.