ICC Champions Trophy 2017: India announce squad; Rohit Sharma, Ajinkya Rahane included

India took home the cup in the last tournament held in England.

Mumbai Indians captain Rohit Sharma plays a shot during the IPL 2017 match against Royal Challengers Bangalore at Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai.

Gambhir's loyal fans also slammed the Indian board and a hashtag named #bringbackgambhir was soon trending on social micro-blogging site Twitter.

Sri Lanka was the only country to vote in favor of India.

India missed the initial deadline of April 25 to name their squad - a date met by all other participating nations - but will face no sanction for the delay. R Ashwin, who is now recovering from a sports hernia, and Ravindra Jadeja can perhaps expect part-time assistance from Yuvraj Singh, who kept his spot after his ODI career was given a re-start in the series against England in January. But Dhawan is not the same player of 2013 who smashed 363 runs from five games in that editions of the Champions Trophy and played a pivotal role in India's title run. The four court-appointed administrators, who now supervise BCCI operations, have instructed the board to ensure that the team contined their preparations to defend their title.

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Manish Pandey has been drafted in as an extra batsman in the 15-member squad, to be led by Virat Kohli. "As far as the standby players are concerned Prasad said", Suresh Raina, Kuldeep Yadav, Dinesh Karthik, Rishabh Pant & Shardul Thakur will train at NCA, we're looking at sorting visas for standby".

Bhuvneshwar Kumar: Fast bowler Bhuvneshwar Kumar, playing for Sunrisers Hyderabad, has been one of the most consistent performers in the IPL. Therefore, the onus of holding the innings together will fall on the shoulders of MS Dhoni and Yuvraj Singh in case the top order doesn't fire.

Manish last played for India against New Zealand in October 2016. "Looking forward to Champions Trophy", he concluded.

India begin their Group B campaign against arch-rivals Pakistan at Birmingham on June 4.

The major change is the team would be under the leadership of Virat Kohli.

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