Uthappa replaces Gambhir for 6 ODIs
At the same time, selectors reposed their faith in Sehwag for the remaining four one-dayers against England.india Updated: Apr 04, 2006 10:05 IST
The national selectors on Monday axed Gautam Gambhir but reposed faith in Virender Sehwag as they included him in the squad for the remaining four one-dayers of the England series as well as two matches against Pakistan in Abu Dhabi later this month.
Karnataka opener Robin Uthappa was drafted in the squad which otherwise remained unchanged.
India lead the series against England 3-0.
The two matches in Abu Dhabi are to be played on April 18 and 19.
The selectors also named Venugopala Rao as captain of an India 'A' team to play in a six-nation tournament in Abu Dhabi from April 22 to May 5.
Sehwag's swashbuckling ways have fetched the 27-year old star batsman over 4,000 runs and seven centuries in 144 matches.
But the last one of these three-figure knocks came exactly one year against Pakistan at Kochi's Nehru Stadium.
Chairman of selectors Kiran More, however, said there was no questioning the Delhi batsman's credibility.
"He has an outstanding record. He is second only to Sunil Gavaskar in the number of double centuries scored," More said.
The former India stumper said Gambhir had failed to capitalise on the chances given to him.
"Gambhir has not been performing of late, so we thought we will give a chance to Uthappa," he said.