Tendulkar is in, no luck for Kumble
Dinesh Mongia is the only other player to have been recalled for SL tri-series. Can Sachin's performance inspire Indian team?india Updated: Jul 30, 2006 15:47 IST
Sachin Tendulkar on Thursday returned to India's one-day squad after a long injury layoff while all-rounder Dinesh Mongia earned a surprise recall for the upcoming cricket tri-series in Sri Lanka.
Tendulkar, out of action for close to four months following a shoulder surgery, expectedly found his way back into the 15-member team after being declared fit two days back.
Punjab all-rounder Mongia was rewarded for his fine show in English county with a berth in the squad announced by BCCI Secretary Niranjan Shah after a one and a half hour meeting of the five-member selection panel.
Opener Robin Uthappa and middle-order batsman Venugopala Rao were left out of the squad that recently lost a one-day series to the West Indies 4-1.
The national selectors also chose to ignore veteran leg spinner Anil Kumble who has been out of the India's one-day scheme for long but was widely speculated to stage a comeback after emerging as the highest wicket-taker in the Tests in the Caribbean with 23 scalps.
However, Chief Selector Kiran More said that the selectors had a "right plan" in mind for the experienced spinner to make a comeback to the shorter version of the game.
Former India captain Sourav Ganguly, currently testing himself out for Northamptonshire in English county, continued to find himself out of favour.
Virender Sehwag, Sachin Tendulkar, Rahul Dravid (captain), Yuvraj Singh, Mohammad Kaif, Suresh Raina, MS Dhoni (wicket-keeper), Irfan Pathan, Ramesh Powar, Harbhajan Singh, Ajit Agarkar, S Sreesanth, Dinesh Mongia, Munaf Patel, RP Singh