After ample hustle and bustle between Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) and International Cricket Council (ICC), India will be finally heading to England to defend their title. A 15-member squad was announced by the nation's cricketing body with Virat Kohli as the skipper.
Rohit Sharma will be marking a return after thigh injury and will be a primary option for India as opener, along side Shikhar Dhawan, just like old times. KL Rahul, still unfit, will be missing out on the campaign. However, Ravichandran Ashwin has found his name on the list after the long IPL break owing to sports hernia.
Towards the third week of May, Manish Pandey was ruled out owing to left-side strain and thus Dinesh Karthik was announced as his replacement.
Apart from the this, on MS Dhoni's request, BCCI has named five stand-by players – Rishabh Pant, Kuldeep Yadav, Suresh Raina and Shardul Thakur.
ICC ODI ranking: 3
Coach: Anil Kumble
India ICC Champions Trophy 2017 squad: Virat Kohli (c), Rohit Sharma, Shikhar Dhawan, Ajinkya Rahane, Yuvraj Singh, Dinesh Karthik, Kedar Jadhav, MS Dhoni (wk), Hardik Pandya, Ravindra Jadeja, R Ashwin, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Jasprit Bumrah, Umesh Yadav, Mohammad Shami.
Players to watch out for: Virat Kohli, R Ashwin, MS Dhoni , Jasprit Bumrah
Best performance: Winners in 2002 and 2013