ICC Champions Trophy: Inzamam backs Pakistan to perform well against India

Champions Trophy squad Dhawan Rohit get nod surprise call-up for Pandey

Champions Trophy squad Dhawan Rohit get nod surprise call-up for Pandey

Rohit Sharma who didn't play ODI Cricket from last year October has recovered from a thigh injury and made a come back for Champions Trophy based on the weight age to his round year performance. Rest is what Ashwin required as the last game that India played, he was there.

Having performed well in the last several innings, he has won hearts of everyone and his expectations of Indian fans have increased a lot.

A day after clearing India's participation in the Champions Trophy, BCCI today announced the squad for the ICC event beginning on June 1 in England and Wales, a report by ANI said.

India have been drawn in Group B and will open the defence of their crown against rivals Pakistan at Edgbaston on June 4, before further pool matches versus Sri Lanka and South Africa. He would have the support of MS Dhoni who will play in this tournament as a wicket-keeper batsman.

Fully fit Rohit Sharma and Mohammed Shami sealed their spots in the Indian team for the Champions Trophy.

Manish Pandey: Pandey, who plays for Kolkata Knight Riders, has been selected as an extra batsman.

While the selectors went for Shikhar Dhawan and Rohit Sharma for the opening slot, the fans were of the opinion that Gambhir deserved a chance keeping his IPL form in mind.

R Ashwin: There were doubts on his fitness as he was recovering from a sports hernia but his form in global cricket guaranteed him a spot in the squad.

ANI reported that selectors have also put five players - Rishabh Pant, Kuldeep Yadav, Shardul Thakur, Suresh Raina and Dinesh Karthik - on stand-by for the tournament. Dhawan is not a regular member of the Indian team in all formats and in fact has only played two worldwide matches - ODIs against England - in the past six months.

Among those who have been retained in the squad are Yuvraj Singh, Umesh Yadav, Kedar Jadhav, Shikhar Dhawan and Jasprit Bumrah.

India's Mohammed Shami celebrates dismissing South Africa's Quinton de Kock for seven runs during their Cricket World Cup match at the Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG) February 22, 2015.

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