Yuvraj, Raina in India’s World T20 squad
Allrounder Yuvraj Singh is in India’s squad for the World Twenty20 in Bangladesh next month despite losing favour from selectors for recent one-day internationals.
The 32-year-old left-hander, famous for clubbing six sixes off an over from England pace bowler Stuart Broad during the inaugural World T20 in South Africa in 2007, was not picked on Tuesday for the preceding Asia Cup one-day tournament, also in Bangladesh. He hasn’t played an ODI for India since December.
Singh, who battled a rare germ cancer to make a dramatic return to international cricket in 2012, will appear in his fifth Twenty20 World Cup. He helped India win the inaugural tournament in 2007.
Suresh Raina was also named for his fourth World T20 while being dropped for the Asia Cup.
Pace bowler Ishant Sharma failed to find a place in either squad after an indifferent showing in recent limited-overs games.
Test batsman Cheteshwar Pujara has been selected for the Asia Cup but not for the T20 event.
The Asia Cup will be held from February 25 to March 8, while the World T20 is scheduled from March 16-April 6.
Indian T20 squad: Shikhar Dhawan, Rohit Sharma, Virat Kohli, Suresh Raina, Yuvraj Singh, Ajinkya Rahane, MS Dhoni (capt), Ravindra Jadeja, Ravichandran Ashwin, Amit Mishra, Stuart Binny, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Mohammed Shami, Mohit Sharma, Varun Aaron.
Indian Asia Cup squad: Shikhar Dhawan, Rohit Sharma, Virat Kohli, Cheteshwar Pujara, Ambati Rayudu, Ajinkya Rahane, MS Dhoni (capt), Ravindra Jadeja, Ravichandran Ashwin, Amit Mishra, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Mohammed Shami, Varun Aaron, Stuart Binny, Ishwar Pandey.