India’s Probable ICC Champions Trophy 2017 Team List (Part 2)

In case you haven’t already, read part 1 of the probable Indian squad for Champions Trophy 2017.

All-rounders and Spinners

Hardik Pandya‘s bowling has come on leaps and bounds in the last five-six months, and in seamer-friendly English conditions, I expect him to be picked in the Indian squad for Champions Trophy. Even though his batting is quite unreliable, Pandya’s skill set is too good to overlook.

Ravichandran Ashwin and Ravindra Jadeja are likely to be picked as well, for different reasons. While Ashwin is a specialist spinner in the limited-overs formats and not a spin bowling all-rounder, Jadeja is capable of making all-round contributions and his athleticism on the field will be an asset to India on the relatively massive English grounds.

All-rounders and spinners in the Indian squad for Champions Trophy 2017: Hardik Pandya, Ravichandran Ashwin and Ravindra Jadeja

Fast Bowlers

Bhuvneshwar Kumar hasn’t quite been favoured by Kohli, as much as the UP seamer was by Dhoni. But Bhuvneshwar is another one of the names which will be hard to leave out from the squad for the Champions Trophy, considering that the tournament will be played in England and the suitability of the UP seamer for the English conditions goes without saying.

Mohammed Shami, like Rohit in the batting department, has been out with a right knee injury. The UP-born Bengal pacer too has been on the road to recovery for more than a couple of months and might well return to the squad for the final two Tests against Australia. Shami has constantly broken down with a variety of muscle injuries, in addition to the knee injuries. But when he is fit, he is the most accomplished Indian pacer and the Indian team management will hope that Shami is bowling fit and in good rhythm ahead of India’s Champions Trophy opener on 4th June.

Jasprit Bumrah will be India’s one-change bowler in the Champions Trophy.

Umesh Yadav is likely to be picked in the Indian squad for the Champions Trophy 2017. The Vidarbha pacer is a wicket taker who has improved his accuracy in line and length. The Champions Trophy isn’t a long tournament, so the chances of players breaking down are minimal. But Umesh is a wonderful alternative for any of the trio mentioned above.

Bowlers in the Indian squad for Champions Trophy 2017: Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Mohammed Shami, Jasprit Bumrah, and Umesh Yadav

Squad Players

Leaving out Ajinkya Rahane entirely from the squad seems out of the question. And the Mumbai batsman will be a good backup middle order batsman, in case Yuvraj Singh doesn’t get going.

Probable Indian Squad for ICC Champions Trophy 2017

Batsmen (7) Bowlers (4) All-rounders and spinners (3) Squad players (1)
Rohit Sharma Mohammed Shami Hardik Pandya Ajinkya Rahane
Shikhar Dhawan Bhuvneshwar Kumar Ravindra Jadeja
KL Rahul Umesh Yadav Ravichandran Ashwin
Virat Kohli (C) Jasprit Bumrah
Yuvraj Singh
MS Dhoni (WK)
Kedar Jadhav

May 8 update: India’s confirmed Champions Trophy 2017 squad is the same as what Cricfooty had predicted. Injured Lokesh Rahul has been replaced by his state team-mate and Kolkata Knight Riders star Manish Pandey!

India squad for Champions Trophy 2017: Virat Kohli (c), Rohit Sharma, Shikhar Dhawan, Ajinkya Rahane, Yuvraj Singh, Kedar Jadhav, MS Dhoni (wk), Manish Pandey, Ravindra Jadeja, Ravichandran Ashwin, Hardik Pandya, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Mohammed Shami, Umesh Yadav, and Jasprit Bumrah

Also read: Complete list of commentators for CT 2017


      1. I don’t see Suresh Raina being picked in India’s Champions Trophy squad, Uma Shankar.

        Even if he has a prolific season in this, the 10th edition of the IPL, he might not be preferred over Hardik Pandya.

        1. how can yousay that suresh raina don’t pick in the squad. i think suresh raina is a very good all-rounder. although he did not he is not in good from with bat right now with bat, but he is a very good fielder. but at last it is selectors choice wheather they pick kl rahul also in very good from at the recent ind vs aus series or manish pandey or rishabh pant he is also very good striker of cricket ball he can also do wikectkeeping duties.

          1. Adarsh, I have not said that Suresh Raina shouldn’t be picked or will be. But the UP batsman hasn’t played an ODI for India since November 2015. He has missed out on making the Indian ODI squads or being picked in the playing XI for plenty of reasons. But while he has missed out on action, the likes of Kedar Jadhav, Manish Pandey and Hardik Pandya have emerged with good performances and offer better balance to the side than Raina.

            I believe that India’s 15-man squad will have a make-up of the players who played the three-ODI series against England. Virat Kohli said after India’s 2-1 ODI series win, that India need to address the issues at the top of the order before the Champions Trophy, meaning the rest of the side is quite settled and unlikely to have many changes.

            I very much ‘doubt’ Raina being picked, though I have nothing against him. He has played many a match-winning knock for India over the years and been invaluable to the side. But in sports, you have to keep performing in order to not drop out of the selectors’ radar. Unfortunately, Raina has failed to do so.

    1. New scenario Kal Rahul is out ..
      So may be squad will be like it
      A rahane, Rohit Sharma,virat kohli, yuvi, Dhoni,kedar jadav, r jadeja, Amit Mishra, bumrah, umesh yadav, MD shami, bhuvi,Suresh Raina, hardik pandya ,r ashwin( iffit)/ if not chahal

      1. Let us wait and see, Rankum. I do not see Suresh Raina being picked.

        We are expecting India’s Champions Trophy squad to be announced tomorrow.

  1. Agreeable on many points. But have a look at this list.
    We should be rewarding domestic performaces as well. And IPL performance will matter as well. As it will let know who are the in-form players.

    Dhoni’s batting is of biggest concern

    1. You make really good points (performances in the IPL, domestic cricket and the form of MS Dhoni the batsman), Kumar. But you cannot​ change the make-up of the squad, which should likely include seven batsmen, four pacers, three all-rounders, and a squad player.

      Although Dhoni is struggling for form, he is a certainty in India’s Champions Trophy squad and barring injuries to the players aforementioned, I see the Indian selectors picking the squad I’ve suggested.

      1. mr suhith you have suggested the squad, how can you say that india’s selectors is going to pick the the squad that you suggested, and at last you are not the indian selectors at all. you are abousluely a mindless people, are you know.

        1. Hi

          True, I have only suggested what could be India’s Champions Trophy squad. I have not said that the MSK Prasad-led selection committee will pick the side as I’ve suggested. But I strongly believe that if players don’t get injured between now and the end of the IPL season, and if Ravichandran Ashwin (sports hernia) and Lokesh Rahul (left shoulder) recover from their respective injuries, the selectors might well name the same squad or one similar to what I have suggested.

          The top performers in IPL might be rewarded, but the Indian ODI side is quite settled and most of the players pick themselves.

  2. I guess KL RAHUL isn’t going to be fit for CT. So Rahane in all likelihood will be the 3rd opener. Selectors can give either Rishabh Pant/Yuzvendra Chahal/Manish Pandey a go.

    1. We need to wait and see what happens with Lokesh Rahul, Utkarsh.

      But you make a wonderful call on the possible replacement for the Karnataka opener!

      I don’t think Yuzvendra Chahal will be a necessity, but yeah, Rishabh Pant or Manish Pandey will be a good addition to the squad if Rahul misses out.

    2. Utkarsh sir I want to say you that KL RAHUL is fit for upcoming CT matches

  3. i think amit mishra and ashish nehra should picked in the squad for the ct17. my squad is rohit, shikhar, kohli (c), ms dhoni (wk), kedhar jadhav, yuvraj, kl rahulormanish pandeyorsuresh raina, r jadeja, r ashwin, amit mishra or kuldeep yadav, hardik pandya, , md shami, jasprit jasbirsingh bumrah, ashish nehra, umesh yadav.

    1. Adarsh, for ICC tournaments, teams can only have 15 players in their squads.

      Also, with the tournament set to be played in England, you do not need four spinners in the side.

      1. suhith, i know for the icc tournaments teams can pick up as many as 15 players,so i want to make you clear any sort of issues that i use there the word ‘or’. and if you remember that the last time indiaplays the final in eddbaston against england in ct they mangaged to score only 129 and it the spinners who defend that total, although fast bowlers also contribute. if you also remember that jadeja wins the golden ball last time, for the 12 wikects from five matches, with r ashwin also tak 9 wikec

  4. Dinesh kartik shud be added in the squad. Even bhajji nd gauti senior players shud get a opportunity to show their talents as it might be last champ trophy fr them.

    1. I understand where you’re coming from.

      But the Indian ODI squad is settled and doesn’t need changes. In fact, making the changes you have suggested, might affect the morale of the side and going into a big tournament and as the defending champions, you want to have a familiar squad to work with.

  5. I think Gautam Gambhir should be picked up instead of Ajinkya Rahane considering his form in IPL-2017.

    1. Good point, Anuvab, regarding Gautam Gambhir, who seems to be in good touch!

      But what the selectors and Virat Kohli will want is, good balance to the squad. Do they look at Gambhir as an opener or a middle order batsman? And if a player isn’t going to be indispensable, would they want a specialist batsman or an all-rounder?

      These two factors will be taken into account at the time of naming the squad.

      Anyway, I agree, Gambhir looks in better touch than Ajinkya Rahane.

  6. what you are saying that gautam gambhir is not good. i also highly doubt in him england.and he is also 35 years old. i think india should look forword to future then gg back. and with many as just places for batsmen in squad. so my seven batsmen is rohit, shikhar, virat (c), kedhar jadhav, ms dhoni (wk), yuvraj, klrahul/manish pandey/suresh raina.

  7. By end of IPL 2017 the selectors going to in a very interesting dilemma! After 19 matches of exciting IPL tournament up to date, many non- regular Indian batsman like Manish Pandey, Gautam Gambhir, Sanju Samson, Kedar Jadhav and Dinesh Karthik are in good nick. Also the uncapped players Nitish Rana, Mannan Vohra and Rishabh Pant are sensational this season.

    One of them is most likely to end up getting the purple cap. And most probably a few of them going to snatch a place in final squad of ICC Champions Trophy 2017. Though Suresh Raina and Shikhar Dhawan are also doing well these two left-handers are far behind than these players when it come to strike rate which is very crucial in T20 matches.

    Bowling choices are going to be that difficult for the selectors since the regular representatives are in good form.

    As everybody mentioned MS Dhoni’s form is a worrying factor far all MSD fans and Team India. I’m not going to be surprised if Manish Pandey or Dinesh Karthik make their way in to the Playing XI over MSD as wicket keeping batsman!

    My probable Team India for ICC Champions Trophy 2017!

    1. Rohit Sharma / Nitish Rana
    2. KL Rahul
    3. Virat Kohli
    4. Yuvraj Singh
    5. MS Dhoni / Dinesh Karthik
    6. Kedar Jadhav
    7. Hardik Pandya
    8. Ravi Jadeja
    9. Ravi Ashwin
    10. Buweneshwar Kumar / Mohammad Shami
    11. Jasprit Bumrah / Umesh Yadav

    Though Rana is mostly unlikely there to be selected but I’d love to see a youngster like him to be given a chance and groom in order to prepare a team for next World Cup.

    1. Arjun, although I agree with your choice for potential replacement for MS Dhoni, you should know that Twenty20 and ODI are two different formats and Dhoni the ODI batsman is still more effective than he is in T20s. And so, dropping Dhoni out of the squad or from the playing XI, is not an option and is highly unlikely to happen.

      Rishabh Pant and Manish Pandey, in particular, might tempt the selectors to pick them if they keep scoring runs in IPL 2017 and if players who are currently injured do not recover in time for the ICC Champions Trophy.

  8. hey arjun iamnotsatisfied with your comment. and you can’t replace guys like rohit’ ms dhoni’ bhuneshwar kumar’ md shami, bumrah, umesh. and what a joke why you don’t name shikhar dhawan he is abouslety a very good guy with 9 hundreds and a strike rate of 90 with a average of 43.50. and talk about rohit he has hits 2 double hundreds and has aboustely outsanding odi career since 2013 when he promoted to open the innings and since became the regular in odi squad. so you can’t drop him.

  9. guys, i have a question for you all. who you think would be the two finalists of this year champions trophy. and also who you think would be thebest batsmen of this year champions trophy. i have option (1) king virat kohli (2) ab develiers (3) steve smith (4) kane willamson (5) joe root (6) shikhar dhawan (7) rohit sharma. who would be best bowler of this tournament. option (1) jasprit bumrah (2) mitchel starc (3)trent boult (4) kagiso rabada (5) ravindra jadeja (6) mohammed shami (7) pat cummins

    1. i think india will be against south africa in final, and india will be emerage as victorious. virat kohli would be the best batsman of ct17. and either of r jadeja, md shami, jasprit bumrah or bhuvi would be the best bowler of tournamemt.

  10. anoymous, i think you can’t just back guati and bhaji showing from in ipl, they haven’t fare well in domestic cricket in 2016-17. virat kohli talks about the intent after the bengaluru test wins and even in the ipl they haven’t showed that intent. gambhir is not so constient, he’s played one good innings then in other innings, he got out for cheap score, and same the story with bhaji

  11. Indian 15 men Squad should like this :-
    1. Rohit Sharma
    2. K.L.Rahul (if he is fit)
    3. Virat Kohli (Captain)
    4. Manish Pandey
    5. Kedar Jadav
    6. M.S.Dhoni
    7. H.Pandya
    8. R.Ashwin
    9. R.Jadeja
    10. B.Kumar
    11. J.Bumrah
    Now Backup player –
    12. Y.Siungh
    13. R.Pant (additional wicket keeper cum opener or can be handy in lower order)
    14. Umesh Yadav or M.Shami (any one)
    15. Y.Chahal

    1. Kousik, I agree with much of the squad you’ve suggested.

      But for English conditions, you don’t need three spinners and secondly, both Mohammed Shami and Umesh Yadav should be picked in the Indian squad. I have a feeling that Shami, Umesh and Jasprit Bumrah will be the three frontline seamers for India, though leaving Bhuvneshwar Kumar out of the playing XI will be a tough and harsh call as well.

    2. Agree mate but I think we should have M. Sami instead of Y Chahal. I think we should have 3 seamers, 1 All rounder and 1 spinner in playing XI.

    1. Suresh Raina has been a very good limited-overs player for India, Ramkumar, no doubt.

      But at the international level, being a good or a great player is about performances and not actually being a player who a team look beyond. Unfortunately, Raina has become a player who India have been able to do without in the last 18 months.

    1. Well, Prakash, Gautam Gambhir, the man who played the most pivotal innings that helped India win ICC Cricket World Cup 2011, is enjoying a good IPL season.

      But will and should the selectors look beyond Shikhar Dhawan, Ajinkya Rahane and a fit Lokesh Rahul, three players who have been most recently involved with Indian limited-overs setup, for Rohit Sharma’s opening partner?

      I don’t think so.

      Gone are the days when Gambhir was being accommodated in the Indian middle order.

    1. If he is fit, Lokesh Rahul might be Rohit Sharma’s opening partner.

      But the team management will look at the left-right combination provided by Rohit and Shikhar Dhawan.

    1. Manish Pandey can be picked if the selectors feel that he will lend more to the team than Ajinkya Rahane. Other than Rahane, I cannot think of another player who Pandey can replace.

    1. I hope that the Men in Blue retain the trophy they won in the 2013 edition of this tournament, Aryan.

      Other than Australia, who won the Champions Trophy in 2006 in India and then retained it in 2009 in South Africa, no team have successfully defended the Champions Trophy.

    1. Robin Uthappa is having a good IPL season, yes, but you can pick only 15 players who will give the team the best chance of retaining the trophy.

      Of the 15 you can name, at least 10-13 players pick themselves. And, players like Uthappa have been out of the national side for a long time during which other players have come in and performed. Therefore, unless you have injured players, those who played long back will have difficulty in getting picked.

  12. 1. KL RAHUL/Rahane
    2. Rohit
    3.virat (c)
    4. Yuvraj
    5. Msd wk&vc
    7. Ashwin
    8. Jadeja
    9. Hardik
    11. Bhuvineswar Kumar
    Ready players
    12.Manish Pandey/Karin Nair shami
    14.umesh yadav
    15. Rishab pant

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