Chennai, Jan 17 (PTI) Young batsman Rohit Sharma andpacer S Sreesanth were today omitted from India''s 15-membersquad for the upcoming cricket World Cup to be held in thesub-continent from February 19.
Tamil Nadu spinner Ravichandran Ashwin, who is also auseful batsman, and Piyush Chawla were named in the squad tobe captained by Mahendra Singh Dhoni and which includes mostof the star players like Sachin Tendulkar and Virender Sehwag.
The national selectors, who met for one and half hoursto finalise the team here, picked three specialist spinnersconsidering that the high profile-event will be held in India,Sri Lanka and Bangladesh.
Tendulkar, Sehwag, Gautam Gambhir and Praveen Kumar, whoare nursing injuries and have been ruled out of the ongoingone-day series against South Africa, have been included in thesquad announced by BCCI Secretary N Srinivasan.
Left arm spinner Pragyan Ojha and wicket-keeper batsmanParthiv Patel, who were among the front-runners to make thecut, failed to find a berth.
India''s World Cup squad:
Mahendra Singh Dhoni (Captain), Virender Sehwag (ViceCaptain), Sachin Tendulkar, Gautam Gambhir, Virat Kohli,Yuvraj Singh, Suresh Raina, Yusuf Pathan, Harbhajan Singh,Zaheer Khan, Ashish Nehra, Praveen Kumar, Munaf Patel, RAshwin, Piyush Chawla.