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04 December 201415:59

India announce preliminary 30 man World Cup squad

Defending Champions India have announced their preliminary 30 man World Cup Squad which will defend their title in the 2015 event in Australia and New Zealand.

India announce preliminary 30 man World Cup squad - Cricket News
India's selectors plumped for youth and recent form while announcing a 30-man probables squad for the ICC Cricket World Cup 2015, which will begin from February 14 in Australia and New Zealand.

The batting will be led by MS Dhoni, the captain, with Virat Kohli, Shikhar Dhawan, Rohit Sharma, Ajinkya Rahane, Suresh Raina and Ambati Rayudu forming the primary support cast. The bowling is packed with seamers, with eight frontline pacers and Stuart Binny's all-round skills to call on, led by the pacy Varun Aaron and Umesh Yadav, with the experienced Ishant Sharma, Mohammed Shami and Bhuvneshwar Kumar also there.

India is the defending champion in the World Cup, but only Dhoni, Raina, R Ashwin and Kohli were part of the side that won at home, beating Sri Lanka in the final on April 2, 2011 in Mumbai. Dhoni, the Man of the Match in the final, and Kohli played all of India's matches with moderate success, while Raina and Ashwin figured more toward the latter stages, doing well in the opportunities they got.

Preliminary Squad: MS Dhoni (capt), Shikhar Dhawan, Rohit Sharma, Ajinkya Rahane, Robin Uthappa, Virat Kohli, Suresh Raina, Ambati Rayudu, Kedar Jadhav, Manoj Tiwary, Manish Pandey, Wriddhiman Saha, Sanju Samson, R Ashwin, Parveez Rasool, Karn Sharma, Amit Mishra, Ravindra Jadeja, Axar Patel, Ishant Sharma, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Mohammed Shami, Umesh Yadav, Varun Aaron, Dhawal Kulkarni, Stuart Binny, Mohit Sharma, Ashok Dinda, Kuldeep Yadav, M Vijay.