Dhoni back as India gear up for Proteas challenge

Last Updated: Fri, Sep 11, 2015 12:39 hrs

MS Dhoni, Virat Kohli and Shikhar Dhawan were named among the thirty players selected for a preparatory camp ahead of the series against South Africa. Also included were pacer Mohammed Shami and left-arm spinner Pragyan Ojha, who is back with a remodelled action.

Shami has been out of reckoning after the ICC Cricket World Cup owing to a knee surgery and missed India's away series against Sri Lanka and Bangladesh besides cash-rich IPL.

Left-arm spinner Ojha will look to stake claim with his remodelled action was cleared by ICC as he showed some form while playing for India A against Australia A. He is currently touring Sri Lanka with the Bengal team.

The likes of Gautam Gambhir, Yuvraj Singh, Robin Uthappa and Virender Sehwag's names were not even considered indictaing that they are completely out of the mix as far as selection in the senior team is concerned.

The probables list comprise of 12 specialist batsmen, three wicketkeepers, one all-rounder and 14 bowlers, including eight fast bowlers and six spinners. In case of Shami and Wriddhiman Saha, their fitness will be assessed ahead of the gruelling 72-day series which includes four Tests, five ODIs and three T20 Internationals.

The camp will be held in Bengaluru from September 21 September 27.

Following are the names of the players: 

MS Dhoni, Virat Kohli, Shikhar Dhawan, Murali Vijay, KL Rahul, Cheteshwar Pujara, Ajinkya Rahane, Rohit Sharma, Stuart Binny, Wriddhiman Saha, Naman Ojham R Ashwin, Amit Mishra, Harbhajan Singh, Ishant Sharma, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Umesh Yadav, Varun Aaron, Karun Nair, Suresh Raina, Mohammed Shami, Axar Patel, Pragyan Ojha, Ravindra Jadeja, Mohit Sharma, Karn Sharma, Ambati Rayudu, Dhawal Kulkarni, Kedar Jadhav, Manish Pandey.