World Cup T20 In­dia squad an­nounced

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Young all-rounder Pawan Negi was the sur­prise pick for the World Twenty20 and Asia Cup, while the se­lec­tors also re­posed faith in veter­ans such as Yu­vraj Singh and Harb­ha­jan Singh in the 15-mem­ber In­dian squad for the two events.

Other young play­ers such as Jasprit Bhum­rah and Hardik Pandya, who im­pressed in the re­cent se­ries against Aus­tralia, also found a place in the squad an­nounced by BCCI Sec­re­tary Anurag Thakur af­ter a meet­ing of the se­lec­tion com­mit­tee here to­day.

"This is the best com­bi­na­tion of 15 we can think of," Chair­man of the com­mit­tee, San­deep Patil, said in a press con­fer­ence af­ter the meet­ing. The full squad: Ma­hen­dra Singh Dhoni (c) , Ro­hit Sharma, Shikar Dhawan, Vi­rat Kohli, Suresh Raina, Yu­vraj Singh, Ajinkya Ra­hane, Ravin­dra Jadeja , Hardik Pandya, R Ash­win, Harb­ha­jan Singh, Jasprit Bhum­rah, Ashish Nehra, Pawan Negi, Mohd Shami

In­ter­est­ingly, the pace duo of Ishant Sharma and Bhu­vnesh­war Ku­mar were ig­nored. Also, Man­ish Pandey, who fea­tured in the T20 se­ries against Aus­tralia, was left out of the team to be cap­tained by Ma­hen­dra Singh Dhoni. The Asia Cup is sched­uled to be held in Bangladesh from Fe­bru­ary 24 to March 6, fol­lowed by the World T20 from March 8 to April 3 in In­dia.

The 23-year-old Negi, who bowls left-arm spin and is a de­cent bats­man, was re­warded for his con­sis­tent per­for­mance in the do­mes­tic cir­cuit. Negi's in­clu­sion in the World Cup team had be­come ob­vi­ous when he was se­lected for the three-match se­ries against Sri Lanka this month.

Ajinkya Ra­hane also found a place in the squad ahead of Pandey, who hit a match-win­ning cen­tury in the last ODI against Aus­tralia. Pandey got his break ow­ing to an in­jury to Ra­hane and even though he made it count, the se­lec­tors opted to go with the more ex­pe­ri­enced player. "Man­ish Pandey per­formed ex­cep­tion­ally well in Aus­tralia, his name was also dis­cussed," Mr. Patil said.

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