The BCCI has announced a 15-member second string India squad for the upcoming Zimbabwe tour. Stylish batsman Ajinkya Rahane, will lead the team, as seniors MS Dhoni, Virat Kohli, Suresh Raina and Rohit Sharma were rested. The senior players were not keen to travel to Zimbabwe, citing fatigue.
All-rounder Ravindra Jadeja was dropped from the squad after a string of poor scores in the recently-concluded Bangladesh tour. Jadeja has been out of form in the couple of tournaments, yet he was given umpteen number of chances by the team management; but he failed to fire. However, off-spinner Harbhajan Singh was recalled in the ODI team, after a gap of four years. Bhajji had recently made his return to the Test side.
The team will play 3 ODIs and 2 T20s on the tour of Zimbabwe, starting July 10. The tour is an apt opportunity for the fringe players to press for national team selection
India Squad: Ajinkya Rahane (C), Murali Vijay, Ambati Rayudu, Manoj Tiwary, Kedar Jadhav, Robin Uthappa, Manish Pandey, Harbhajan Singh, Axar Patel, Karn Sharma, Dhawal Kulkarni, Stuart Binny, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Mohit Sharma, Sandeep Sharma