Kulkarni surprise pick in Indian team for New Zealand

Updated: 13 February 2009 14:51 IST

Lakshmipathy Balaji made a comeback to the Indian Test squad while fast bowler Dhawal Kulkarni got his maiden national call-up for the tour of New Zealand.

Kulkarni surprise pick in Indian team for New Zealand

Mumbai:

Medium-pacer Lakshmipathy Balaji made a comeback to the Indian Test squad while fast bowler Dhawal Kulkarni got his maiden national call-up for the tour of New Zealand.

For Kulkarni it was a surprise call since he made his first class debut for Mumbai just six months back while Balaji returned to the Test side after being selected for the one-day side in Sri Lanka earlier this month.

Expectedly, Rahul Dravid and VVS Laxman have been picked only for the Tests while Sachin Tendulkar will play both the Tests and ODIs but has opted out of the Twenty20 matches.

The national selectors on Friday announced the squad of 16 each for three Tests, five one-dayers and two Twenty20 games for the 42-day tour in New Zealand. The team will leave for New Zealand on February 19 and will kick-off the tour with a Twenty20 match at Christchurch on February 25.

Dinesh Karthik and Lakshmipathy Balaji have been recalled into India's Test squad. Pragyan Ojha, who was in the Test squad against England, has been left out of Test squad this time.

Tamil Nadu opener Murali Vijay has been retained in the Test squad. In-form Ravindra Jadeja makes it to the Twenty20 squad.

Squads:

Test: MS Dhoni (Captain), Virender Sehwag (Vice Captain), Gautam Gambhir, Rahul Dravid, Sachin Tendulkar, VVS Laxman, Yuvraj Singh, Harbhajan Singh, Zaheer Khan, Ishant Sharma, Munaf Patel, M Vijay, Amit Mishra, L Balaji, Dhawal Kulkarni, Dinesh Karthik.

ODI: MS Dhoni (Captain), Virender Sehwag (Vice Captain), Gautam Gambhir, Sachin Tendulkar, Yuvraj Singh, Suresh Raina, Yusuf Pathan, Harbhajan Singh, Zaheer Khan, Ishant Sharma, Munaf Patel, Irfan Pathan, Pragyan Ojha, Rohit Sharma, Praveen Kumar, Dinesh Karthik.

Twenty20: MS Dhoni (Captain), Virender Sehwag (Vice Captain), Gautam Gambhir, Yuvraj Singh, Yusuf Pathan, Rohit Sharma, Harbhajan Singh, Ishant Sharma, Zaheer Khan, Suresh Raina, Irfan Pathan, Ravindra Jadeja, Munaf Patel, Pragyan Ojha, Praveen Kumar, Dinesh Karthik.

The Itinerary:

February 20: Arrival in New Zealand
February 25: Twenty20 International (Christchurch)
February 27: Twenty20 International (Wellington)
March 3: 1st ODI (Napier)
March 6: 2nd ODI (Wellington)
March 8: 3rd ODI (Christchurch)
March 11: 4th ODI (Hamilton)
March 14: 5th ODI (Auckland)
March 18 to 22: 1st Test (Hamilton)
March 26 to 30: 2nd Test (Napier)
April 3-7: 3rd Test (Wellington)



Topics : Cricket Sreesanth Dhawal Kulkarni
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