Rohit Sharma, Mohammed Shami recalled to India's squad for Champions Trophy
DELHI. Rohit and Shami have returned to India's ODI squad, named on Monday in a familiar 15-man pool of players for next month's ICC Champions Trophy in England and Wales.
This will be Rohit's first international assignment since October, when he sustained a thigh injury during the ODI series against New Zealand. During the ongoing IPL, he has scored 183 runs in 10 innings for Mumbai Indians, the first team to qualify for the play-offs.
Shami has not played an ODI since the 2015 World Cup semi-final, and now slots in as the fifth pace-bowling option behind Jasprit Bumrah, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Umesh Yadav and Hardik Pandya. It can be argued that two wickets in five IPL games is no great shakes, but Shami has had the selectors' faith ever since he returned to international cricket last July after a long gap.
From the last ODI series India played - against England at home in January - Amit Mishra was dropped for Shami and Rohit back to open the innings with KL Rahul ruled out of the tournament as he recovers from shoulder surgery. While naming the squad, the chairman of selectors MSK Prasad stated that Rahane, who in the last 12 months has opened the innings six times each with returns 144 runs, is the other opening option for the Champions Trophy.
Prasad said that the main players who were discussed at length for selection were Suresh Raina, Dinesh Karthik, Kuldeep Yadav, Rishabh Pant and Shardul Thakur, each of whom has been placed on standby for the tournament. The five players will train at the National Cricket Academy in Bangalore after the IPL ends, and will have visas in place should the need arrive for any of them to fly to England.