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Probable India squad for Champions Trophy 2017

7 May, 2017 1:10 PM
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New Delhi, May 7: With the BCCI finally deciding that Team India will participate in the upcoming ICC Champions Trophy 2017, the squad is likely to be picked up on Monday (May 8).

Speculations have started about which player is going to be picked by the selectors as India go to defend their title in the eight-nation event starting on June 1.

The tournament will begin on June 1 and India will play their first game against arch-rivals Pakistan on June 4.

With uncertainty over opener KL Rahul, selectors will face a challenging task of whom to pick up as the partner for Rohit Sharma to start the innings for India.

Ajinkya Rahane's poor show in the ongoing Indian Premier League (IPL) 2017 is also going to be discussed by the selection committee as the they sit to pick the Indian squad.

Shikhar Dhawan, who is eyeing a spot in the India squad, might get a call up from the selectors for he has performed decently, so far, in the IPL.

Skipper Virat Kohli, Yuvraj Singh and former skipper MS Dhoni are the obvious choices for the squad at no. 3, 4, and 5 respectively.

The regular India opener has been the most consistent batsman for the side, up in the order, in the recent times.

The right-handed batsman from Mumbai, who was responsible for the team's success in the Champions Trophy 2014, will once again be picked up by the selectors.

The Mumbai batsman may not be in the best of his form but given his performances on the pitches of England, Rahane becomes an obvious choice for the side as the second opener.

The 28-year-old right-handed batsman is likely to be picked up. But, the cricketer isn't in the best of his form this year and that might just help Shikhar Dhawan.

The left-handed batsman from Delhi might just get a chance for the Champions Trophy considering Ajinkya Rahane's poor form.

He's ability to play on bouncy pitches and a decent show in the ongoing IPL might just come into his favour.

The charismatic skipper of the Indian cricket team will be leading side for the first time in an ICC event.

Kohli, who was just a player in the side in the Champions Trophy 2014, will be hoping to defend the title.

He's also one of the most feared batsmen in the world and if he gets going then no target is more for the side.

It will also be an opportunity for Kohli to improve his figures in England.

The stylish left-handed batsman will be accompanying the side in the Champions Trophy this year.

Yuvraj had some memorable performances ever since he made a comeback into the limited-overs format in 2016.

He made runs in the ODI and T20I series against England and his performance in the IPL has also been decent.

Source: oneindia.com

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