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Shikhar Dhawan named captain for the Emerging Players Tournament

679   //    03 Jul 2011, 15:26 IST

Shikhar Dhawan is set to lead the young side for the Emerging Players tournament

The Indian squad that is to take part in the Emerging Players tournament will be led by Delhi opener Shikhar Dhawan. Ranji trophy’s Mr.Consistent Ajinkya Rahane is named his deputy following his outstanding Ranji performances.

The 15-member squad includes players who have promised early in their career with their Ranji-IPL performances and the tournament if looked upon by the players as an opportunity to exhibit their potential and draw the eye-balls of the national selectors.

After impressing with the bat for the Kolkata Knight Riders, Manoj tiwary walks into the squad quite easily even as Saurabh Tiwary who had a wretched IPL tournament has made the cut in. Ambati Rayudu and Ashok Menaria had no trouble into having a look in after their consistent performance in the IPL.

C Gautam from Karnataka will do the work of a glove-man. Vinay Kumar and Manish Pandey from the same state have also made it to the squad.

Rahul Sharma and Iqbal Abdhulla who called for a lot of writing during the IPL tournament have been given the opportunity to prove themselves. Anirudha Srikanth Umesh Yadav and Varun Aaron are the others who made it to the squad.

The Kolhi-led team displayed a spirited performance last time with a fabulous win over South Africa.

India’s campaign at the tournament consists of three-day fixtures against South Africa from August 1, New Zealand from August 6, and Australian Institute of Sports (AIS) from August 11.

The Emerging Players Tournament is to be held in Australia between August 1 and 13.

Squad: Shikhar Dhawan (capt), Ajinkya Rahane (vice-capt), Anirudha Srikkanth, Manish Pandey, Saurabh Tiwary, Manoj Tiwary, Ashok Maneria, C Gautam (wk), Ambati Rayudu, Rahul Sharma, Iqbal Abdulla, Umesh Yadav, Varun Aaron, Sreenath Aravind, Vinay Kumar

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