No place for Dravid, Ganguly in ODI side

It was MS Dhoni all the way. The ODI and T20 captain’s imprint on the 16-man squad chosen on Sunday for the ODI Tri-series in Australia is loud and clear.

The selectors went along with Dhoni’s judgement – after consulting Test captain Anil Kumble – to pick a young squad with a major focus on fielding abilities because the bigger grounds in Australia require strong throwing arms and swift movers. It meant that both Sourav Ganguly and Rahul Dravid find no place in the team, as reported by TOI on Sunday.

The think-tank says it’s trying to learn from the ODI series loss to Australia at home which it believes was lost due to poor fielding and slog-overs bowling.

Also, Dhoni’s deputy Yuvraj Singh has got a reprieve for now, but his attitude and fitness will be under the scanner. Manoj Tiwary, Munaf Patel and Yusuf Pathan have been named as standbys.

From the team that last played an ODI series, Ganguly and Murali Kartik were left out while an unfit Zaheer Khan was not considered. In their place come Suresh Raina and Piyush Chawla while Ishant Sharma, who bowled well in the Perth win, gets another ODI call. Dinesh Karthik was added as a back-up ‘keeper to make it a 16-man squad.

Fast bowler Sree Santh retained his ODI spot after being cleared to play after a shoulder injury.

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