Karnataka fast bowler Vinay Kumar is the only new face in India's 15-man squad for the World Twenty20, while legspinner Piyush Chawla returns to the national side after nearly two years. The players to miss out, in a squad largely along expected lines, are fast bowler Ishant Sharma and batsman Virat Kohli.
There were injury concerns surrounding fast bowler Ashish Nehra and Gautam Gambhir but both have been included in the side. Kris Srikkanth, the chairman of national selection committee, said all players had sent in their fitness certificates, and that there were no fitness worries in the squad.
The selectors had grappled with squad fitness worries for last year's World Twenty20. Then, they had punted by taking the still-recovering Virender Sehwag and Zaheer Khan to India's title defence. Sehwag didn't manage a single game, Zaheer was off colour, and it duly turned out to be a disastrous campaign.
This year's squad has Vinay as the fourth seamer after his solid domestic season, picking up 46 Ranji wickets, and is currently joint second on the IPL wicket-takers' list, bagging eight for Royal Challengers Bangalore. There had been speculation that his team-mate Manish Pandey would also make the cut for the competition in the West Indies after an impressive start to the IPL but the selectors plumped for more experienced batsmen.
Chawla won the second spinner's slot ahead of left-arm spinner Pragyan Ojha and legspinner Amit Mishra, who has been in good form in the IPL. He last played for India during the 2008 Asia Cup in Pakistan.
The World Twenty20 starts on April 30, five days after the end of the IPL; India are grouped with South Africa and Afghanistan.
Squad: MS Dhoni (capt & wk), Virender Sehwag, Gautam Gambhir, Yuvraj Singh, Suresh Raina, Yusuf Pathan, Dinesh Karthik, Ravindra Jadeja, Zaheer Khan, Praveen Kumar, Ashish Nehra, Harbhajan Singh, Piyush Chawla, Vinay Kumar, Rohit Sharma
Vinay and Chawla in World Twenty20 squad | Cricket News | ICC World Twenty20 2010 | Cricinfo.com