The big guns return to the Indian side for the forthcoming England tour. The BCCI on Saturday announced in the selection meeting that MS Dhoni will lead the side while Gautam Gambhir will be his deputy.
Sachin Tendulkar who was rested for the West Indies series also makes his way back into the Indian side. Middle order batsman Virat Kohli and wicketkeeper Parthiv Patel have been dropped from the team. Yuvraj Singh is all set to make his comeback in the Test team for India. Whereas, Virender Sehwag who recently underwent shoulder surgery will join the team a fortnight later.
Yuvraj Singh also finds a place in the touring party after a gap of almost one year. The left-hander had last played a Test match against Sri Lanka at Galle in July, 2010.
Sreesanth, who was also laid low by an elbow injury, returns to action after having last played a Test against South Africa at Cape Town in January this year.
Tamil Nadu opener Abhinav Mukund was retained in the squad but pacer Abhimanyu Mithun and spinner Pragyan Ojha couldn't find favour with the selectors.
The squad has as many as five pace bowlers considering the seaming conditions in England. It has two spinners in Harbhajan Singh and Amit Mishra.
Squad: MS Dhoni, Gautam Gambhir, Virender Sehwag, Rahul Dravid, Sachin Tendulkar, Suresh Raina, Harbhajan Singh, Zaheer Khan, Praveen Kumar, S Sreesanth, Ishant Sharma, Munaf Patel, Amit Mishra, Yuvraj Singh, Wriddhiman Saha, Abhinav Mukund, VVS Laxman