11 Sep 2017 - 1:36
India recall Shami and Yadav for Australia ODIs
Mumbai: India have recalled fast bowlers Mohammed Shami and Umesh Yadav for the first three one-day internationals against Australia while they continue to rest their frontline spinners.
Yadav and Shami were part of the test squad which blanked Sri Lanka 3-0 but were rested from the subsequent five-match ODI series, which the tourists also swept.
Fast bowler Shardul Thakur, who played two matches in the series and took a single wicket, was dropped from the 16-man squad for the series against Australia.
The hosts will, however, continue to be without off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin and left-arm tweaker Ravindra Jadeja for the first three of five matches against Steve Smith’s side.
Axar Patel, Kuldeep Yadav and Yuzvendra Chahal will be India’s spinners as the Virat Kohli-led side continues to build toward the 50-over World Cup in 2019 in England and Wales.
“The team for the three ODIs against Australia has been selected in line with the rotation policy of the Board and accordingly R Ashwin and Ravindra Jadeja have been rested,” India’s chief selector MSK Prasad said in a statement.
“The team’s performance during the Sri Lanka tour was outstanding and players like Axar Patel and Yuzvendra Chahal, who performed very well, are being given an extended run and this will in turn supplement our approach, to build a strong reserve strength, as we prepare for forthcoming tours.”
India and Australia will play five ODIs and three T20 matches during their limited-overs series, starting with the first 50-over clash in Chennai on Sept ember 17.
Meanwhile, Kohli and Chairman of RP-SG Group Sanjiv Goenka on Friday launched the RP-Sanjiv Goenka Indian Sports Honours, which is dedicated to reward excellence in the field of sports.
These sports awards will also help identify and support athletes with potential and award them scholarships, organisers said.
Kohli and Goenka have jointly partnered to create this platform to honour exceptional performances, in line with their vision to support the development of Indian Sports.
“India has made rapid strides as a sporting nation. The days of being a one-sport country are behind us. The time is just right to introduce an institution that will recognise and reward our top sporting achievers and put the spotlight on those who are expected to do the country proud in the years to come,” Kohli said at the launch.
Goenka said: “What makes the RP-SG Indian Sports Honours unique is the direct involvement of the premier stakeholders of Indian Sport - the sportspersons themselves, legends who have excelled at the highest level, the fans and the sports media.”
“Apart from the recipients who will be shortlisted and decided by the SJFI and Advisory Council respectively, there will be ‘Popular Choice’ awards whose winners will be picked directly by the fans,” he added.