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BCCI announces Virat Kohli-led Indian team for Champions Trophy 2017

11 Mai 2017

This will be Rohit's first global assignment since October, when he sustained a thigh injury during the ODI series against New Zealand.

Rohit Sharma: Rohit Sharma aka Hit-Man Sharma is back in action and will possibly open the innings with Shikhar Dhawan, the Gabbar.

The 15-member squad unveiled by chief selector MSK Prasad contained no real surprises.

Mumbai: Right-arm pacer Mohammed Shami has insisted that he has worked really hard on his fitness and skills in the last two years and will be looking to give his best in the upcoming Champions Trophy beginning June 1 in England and Wales.

The ICC has reportedly offered India another $100 million but that is yet to be accepted by the BCCI.

When the selectors announced the Champions Trophy squad on Monday, The Uttar Pradesh left-hander found himself out fo favour as the panel chose to opt for a predictable squad, which would have the job of retaining the title they won in 2013.

A special BCCI meeting on Sunday voted unanimously to take part in the Champions Trophy.

The difference between what is offered and what is sought is only around Rs 50 crores a year for eight years, a sum the uber-rich BCCI can afford to forego to maintain ICC unity.

The BCCI had skipped the April 25 deadline for announcing a squad and threatened a pullout over its dispute with the ICC.

While an in-form Gautam Gambhir failed to grab the attention of the selectors, the other senior members - Suresh Raina and Dinesh Karthik - were, however, kept as standby players alongside the young trio of Rishabh Pant, Shardul Thakur and Kuldeep Yadav.

"In the last 8 to 10 years there has been a massive difference in the quality between India and Pakistan and that has been one of the major reasons why India has continued to dominate Pakistan (in ICC events)", he said. But taking the venue part as an advantage, Yuvraj said with countless NRIs in the United Kingdom, we always get a homely feeling while playing there. "We discussed Kuldeep. He narrowly missed out, but has a big role to play in future".

The team will be led by Virat Kohli and has Mohammed Shami and R Ashwin back in the side.

India has defeated Pakistan in all World Cup games with 11-0 to their scoreboard. "If you speak to Zaheer, there is something or the other that emerges", he said.

India defeated England in the final at Edgbaston four years ago and are seeking a repeat performance as the tournament returns to the United Kingdom, starting next month.

Explaining the decision, Prasad said Ashwin's injury was not that serious and he merely required some rest.

"We all believe that he is still the best wicket-keeper in the world".

Former captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni retained his place in the squad amid whispers that the wicket-keeper/batsman's "finisher" reputation was on the wane. "We are only talking and focussing on his batting form", Prasad said.

BCCI announces Virat Kohli-led Indian team for Champions Trophy 2017