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
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
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|
|MS Dhoni (WK)|
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