Ganguly, Dravid out; Raina, Chawla in ODI squad for tri-series

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Mumbai, Jan 20 (UNI) The national selectors today sprang a huge surprise by leaving out in form batsman Sourav Ganguly from the 16 member ODI team for the tri-series and the lone Twenty20 match, here today.

Another senior player Rahul Dravid who had lost the confidence of the selectors since the home ODI series against Pakistan still finds himself out in the cold even as Uttar Pradesh batsman Suresh Raina makes a comeback into the squad after piling on the runs in domestic matches.

S Sreesanth who had been out of the team due to injury, passed a fitness test in Bangalore and has been included in the squad.

Uttar Pradesh's excellent showing in the Ranji Trophy has paid dividends as apart from Raina, pace bowler Praveen Kumar and leg spinner Piyush Chawla have also found a place in the team. Piyush Chawla finds a place in the Indian team at the expense of left arm spinner Murali Kartik who had performed creditably in the ODI series against Australia played in India in October.

Virendra Sehwag and Irfan Pathan continue their rehabilitation with the Indian team with both being included in the squad.

Among the players in the Test squad in Australia at the moment, Anil Kumble who has retired from one-day cricket will return back along with V V S Laxman and Wasim Jaffer who are not considered one-day players. Other players returning back would be Sourav Ganguly, Rahul Dravid, V R V Singh, who had been sent to Australia before the second Test as a replacement for the injured Zaheer Khan, and Pankaj Singh will return back.

Dhoni will take over the captaincy mantle for the ODIs.

The team: Mahendra Singh Dhoni (capt&wk), Sachin Tendulkar, Yuvraj Singh, Virender Sehwag, Dinesh Karthik, Robin Uthappa, Gautam Gambhir, Suresh Raina, Rohit Sharma, Irfan Pathan, Praveen Kumar, RP Singh, Ishant Sharma, Sreesanth, Harbhajan Singh, Piyush Chawla.

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