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India recalls spinners Harbhajan Singh and Murali Kartik

India recalls spinners Harbhajan Singh and Murali Kartik

India selectors recalled spin bowlers Harbhajan Singh and Murali Kartik and veteran batsman Rahul Dravid for upcoming test cricket matches against Pakistan.
The two spinners were recalled Wednesday to a 14-member squad for the first two tests of a three-match series starting Nov. 22 in New Delhi based on their form in the limited-overs series against Pakistan.
Singh last played a test match 1-1/2 years ago, while Kartik has not featured in a test since 2004.
India's spin attack will be spearheaded by seasoned leg-break bowler Anil Kumble, who will make his debut as test captain.
The selectors appointed Mahendra Dhoni as vice captain for the tests. Dhoni led India to a title win in the World Twenty20 championship in September. He was elevated to the national captaincy for the one-day series against Australia and Pakistan following Dravid's resignation as skipper.
Left out of the one-day squad for the one-dayers against Pakistan, Dravid is back in the test squad. But openers Gautam Gambhir and Virender Sehwag were not selected.
Left-arm pacer Irfan Pathan was also omitted despite his impressive show in the World Twenty20 championship and the one-dayers.
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India squad: Anil Kumble (captain), Wasim Jaffer, Dinesh Karthik, Rahul Dravid, Sachin Tendulkar, Saurav Ganguly, V.V.S. Laxman, Yuvraj Singh, Mahendra Dhoni, Harbhajan Singh, Murali Kartik, Zaheer Khan, Rudra Pratap Singh and Shanthakumaran Sreesanth.


Updated : 2021-10-17 15:08 GMT+08:00