Friday, August 10, 2012

Yuvraj and Harbhajan Singh returns to T20 World Cup

MUMBAI: Yuvraj Singh has been named in India’s squad for the Twenty20 World Cup, which will be played in Sri Lanka in September.

A delighted Yuvraj tweeted. Can't explain how I feel!" Yuvraj wrote. Feels like I'm going to play for India for 1st time. It is special day for me. When I was diagnose with cancer I always thought my heart one day I will come back and play for India. I can't wait to step on the field and wave the Indian flag.

He left-handed batsman, who underwent successful chemotherapy for a rare germ cell cancer, was improving at the National Cricket Academy in Bangalore and was consider to have recovered enough to be included in the side.

We really appreciate the kind of effort he has put in. It is a great factor from Indian crickets point of view. It is great to have him in the team. With this kind of mixture we will have a great chance of winning the Twenty20 World Cup,” said Chairman of Selectors K. Srikkanth.

A pleasant surprise was also in store for Harbhajan Singh as the woefully out-of-form off-spinner was handed a Twenty20 berth. Harbhajan lost his place in the team during last year tour of England and then fell out of favor as R. Ashwin to prominence.

Yuvraj inclusion, however, was not unanimous as the 30-year-old has not played in any viable cricket for the past 9 months. He had last played international cricket against the West Indies in the 2nd Test at Kolkata last November.

Also on the return trail was medium-pacer L. Balaji - out of reckoning for 3 years - who was built-in on the back of astral performances for Kolkata Knight Riders in IPL-V.
World T20 squad
Test squad against New Zealand
MS Dhoni (c)
MS Dhoni (c)
Gautam Gambhir
Virender Sehwag
Virender Sehwag
Gautam Gambhir (vice-captain)
Suresh Raina
Sachin Tendulkar
Virat Kohli
VVS Laxman
Yuvraj Singh
Cheteshwar Pujara
Irfan Pathan
Virat Kohli
R Ashwin
R Ashwin
Zaheer Khan
Zaheer Khan
L Balaji
Pragyan Ojha
Ashok Dinda
Umesh Yadav
Rohit Sharma
Ajinkya Rahane
Piyush Chawla
Piyush Chawla
Harbhajan Singh
Ishant Sharma
Manoj Tiwary
Suresh Raina

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