Javagal Srinath not surprised by Yuvraj's omission from World Cup squad

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Bengaluru, Jan 8: Former India paceman Javagal Srinath today said he is not surprised by the selectors' decision to not include Yuvraj Singh in the World Cup squad.

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On Tuesday (January 6), the Sandeep Patil-led selection panel revealed India's 15-man squad for the World Cup. Many of Yuvraj's fans were upset with the left-hander's name missing from the final list.

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However, Srinath, writing for ICC's website on World Cup 2015, feels it would have been a bolt from the blue for him if he found Yuvraj's name in the final 15. (Team India guide)

"In the last couple of days leading up to the team selection, much of the interest has centred around Yuvraj Singh, the Player of the Tournament when India won the title in 2011," Srinath wrote.

"Yuvraj will be very disappointed and I am sure there will be a lot of sympathy for him in India, especially after he made three Ranji Trophy centuries on the trot.

"But it would have been a bolt from the blue if he had been named in the 15. To me, the writing was very clear when he wasn't picked in the long list of 30 probables, given that he hasn't played a One-Day International since December 2013," Srinath, who is now an ICC Match Referee, added.

Srinath played in 4 World Cups from 1992 to 2003. He is the joint highest wicket-taker for India in World Cups with 44, along with Zaheer Khan.

This year's World Cup will be played in Australia and New Zealand from February 14 to March 29. Defending champions India's opening game is against Pakistan in Adelaide, on February 15.

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