Ten­dulkar re­turns to ODI squad

The Pak Banker - - International -

MUM­BAI: The Hindu In­dia's Sachin Ten­dulkar, who has not played for In­dia in ODIs since Fe­bru­ary, 2010, re­turns to the fold.

In­dia's last ODI as­sign­ment be­fore the World Cup - a se­ries against South Africa - sees its big guns re­turn­ing to the fold af­ter opt­ing to sit out of the home se­ries against New Zealand.

Reg­u­lar skip­per Ma­hen­dra Singh Dhoni, Sachin Ten­dulkar, dash­ing opener Viren­der Se­hwag and off-spin­ner Harb­ha­jan Singh - all of whom opted for rest dur­ing the New Zealand ODI se­ries made a come­back.

Ut­tar Pradesh leg-spin­ner Piyush Chawla was a sur­prise in­clu­sion in the In­dian squad that will take on South Africa in the one-off Twenty20 and five match ODI se­ries that starts on Jan­uary 9.

With a last chance to set­tle the core team be­fore the World Cup, one can be rest as­sured that most of the play­ers who will be play­ing against South Africa will be in the World Cup squad also.

Chawla's in­clu­sion means that se­lec­tors want to check out what's in store in the slow bowl­ing depart­ment af­ter their ex­per­i­ments with Ravin­dra Jadeja hasn't ex­actly paid rich div­i­dends.

Also sur­pris­ing was Parthiv Pa­tel's non-in­clu­sion in the ODI squad af­ter the player scored back-to-back half cen­turies against New Zealand be­ing given chance in shorter form af­ter six and half years. There is no sec­ond wicket-keeper in the team.

Among the ones who are with the Test squad cur­rently, Rahul Dravid, V.V.S. Lax­man, Wrid­dhi­man Saha, Ishant Sharma, Umesh Jad­hav and Jay­dev Unad­kat will be board­ing a flight back home. In­form Vi­rat Kohli, Yu­vraj Singh and Yusuf Pathan also find a place in the ODI side. -Afp

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