In the absence of the injured KL Rahul, Shikhar Dhawan was chosen as Rohit's opening partner, with Ajinkya Rahane expected to fill in in case of loss of form or fitness.
Gambhir's loyal fans also slammed the Indian board and a hashtag named #bringbackgambhir was soon trending on social micro-blogging site Twitter.
All seven other teams taking part in the tournament - England, New Zealand, Pakistan, South Africa, Australia, Sri Lanka and Bangladesh - were announced by the April 25 deadline. R Ashwin, and Ravindra Jadeja- and they will be supported by part-time slow bowler Yuvraj Singh, who kept his place after his showing in the ODI in the series against England in January.
And with the standard of one-day cricket continuing to go up and up, Croft is confident that this could be the best Champions Trophy yet, with no score seemingly safe as teams continue to chase high totals. However Kuldeep Yadav, Rishabh Pant, Suresh Raina, Dinesh Karthik and Shardul Thakur, have been put on standby, the ANI report said further.
The BCCI had even indicated that it may not send a team to the Champions Trophy, a decision regarding which was sent aside for the boards Special General Meeting (SGM) on May 7. In addition, to bolster both batting and bowling departments, India have the services the ever-improving Hardik Pandya.
"We definitely considered Kuldeep".
Mohd Shami, Umesh Yadav, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Jasprit Bumrah and Manish Pandey are also included. They eventually went for the extra batsman, which meant left-arm wristspinner Kuldeep Yadav missed out narrowly. Prasad rightly praised Dhoni's contributions to the team, pointing out that it's unfair to judge him only as a batsman and he still remains among the best wicket-keepers in the world.
"I have some good memories of the tournament and I had a great one the last time we played there".
Selecting only MS Dhoni as a specialist keeper is a vote of confidence to India's limited-overs match-winner and a message that 19-year-old Rishabh Pant, who made his T20I debut against England, will have to wait for his turn.
The stand-by players will be issued visas and will practise at the National Cricket Academy in Bengaluru, Prasad said. "While cricket must spread as a world sport, we must also make sure that our position as the predominant cricket country in the world remains undiminished".
India, the defending champions will be playing their first game on June 4 against the rivals Pakistan.
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