Tendulkar returns to ODI squad
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