Indian selectors drop eight from SA Tour ODI squad

Virender Sehwag is out, so are Irfan Pathan, Munaf Patel, Anil Kumble, Mohammed Kaif, VVS Laxman, Dinesh Mongia and Wasim Jaffer from the team for the first two ODIs at home against the West Indies. Sachin Tendulkar has been named vice-captain.

Ganguly rightly is back, but one can question the decision to get in both Gautam Gambhir and Robin Uthappa. Hope Gambhir will do better than Jaffer, but we still think he should not be playing in the World Cup. Sehwag should be given one more go, perhaps lower down the order especially since Yuvraj Singh is not playing. And does this omission mean that Anil Kumble and VVS Laxman will not play the World Cup? Kumble will be justified to feel a bit hard done, though the selectors maintain he has been rested.

Squad for West Indies series (First two ODIs) : Rahul Dravid (capt), Sachin Tendulkar (vice-capt), Robin Uthappa, Sourav Ganguly, Mahendra Singh Dhoni (wk), Dinesh Karthik, Suresh Raina, Gautam Gambhir, Zaheer Khan, Sreesanth, Ajit Agarkar, Joginder Sharma, Ramesh Powar, Harbhajan Singh, Rudra Pratap Singh

Probables for World Cup: Rahul Dravid (capt), Virender Sehwag, Sachin Tendulkar, Yuvraj Singh, Mohammad Kaif, Mahendra Singh Dhoni, Harbhajan Singh, Irfan Pathan, Munaf Patel, Sreesanth, Ajit Agarkar, Suresh Raina, Ramesh Powar, Anil Kumble, Rudra Pratap Singh, Dinesh Mongia, VRV Singh, Robin Uthappa, Dinesh Karthik, Sourav Ganguly, Parthiv Patel, Zaheer Khan, VVS Laxman, Gautam Gambhir, Rohit Sharma, S. Badrinath, Ishant Sharma, Rajesh Pawar, Joginder Sharma, Cheteshwar Pujara.

Our pick for the first ODI:

Sachin Tendulkar

Robin Uthappa

Sourav Ganguly

Rahul Dravid

Mahendra Singh Dhoni

Dinesh Karthik

Ramesh Powar

Ajit Agarkar

Zaheer Khan

S Sreesanth

Harbhajan Singh

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