Gautam Gambhir, Yuvraj Singh omitted from India's Champions Trophy squad

Gambhir, Yuvraj left out of India squad
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India leave experienced batsmen Gautam Gambhir and Yuvraj Singh out of their Champions Trophy squad.

India have chosen not to include batsmen Gautam Gambhir and Yuvraj Singh in their 15-man Champions Trophy squad.

Openers Murali Vijay and Shikhar Dhawan have instead been picked as the Men in Blue look to put their faith in youth over experience.

Wicketkeeper-batsman Dinesh Karthik has been recalled after almost three years, while India also include all-rounder Irfan Pathan.

The selectors seem to prefer Rohit Sharma in the middle-order to Yuvraj Singh, who made his comeback last year after fighting a rare form of lung cancer.

Gambhir's omission is even more of a surprise after his usual opening partner Virender Sehwag was left out of the 30-man squad.

India open the tournament against South Africa in Cardiff on June 6.

India's ICC Champions Trophy squad: Mahendra Dhoni (capt & wk), Murali Vijay, Shikhar Dhawan, Dinesh Karthik (wk), Virat Kohli, Suresh Raina, Rohit Sharma, Ravindra Jadeja, Ravichandran Ashwin, Amit Mishra, Irfan Pathan, Umesh Yadav, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Ishant Sharma, Vinay Kumar

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