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Figure out India's Zimbabwe-bound ODI squad

By Rajneesh Gupta
June 30, 2015 10:50 IST
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Rajneesh Gupta presents a statistical outlook of the players named in India's squad for the upcoming limited-overs' series in Zimbabwe.

Ambati Rayudu (R) of India is congratulated by team mates. Photograph: Michael Steele/Getty Images

With the selectors opting to rest most of the senior players, Ajinkya Rahane will lead India on next month's tour of Zimbabwe, which includes three One-day Internationals and two Twenty20s.

Veteran off-spinner Harbhajan Singh, who played the last of his 229 ODIs in June 2011, staged a comeback to the ODI squad as did batsman Robin Uthappa.

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Harbhajan, who last played an ODI against Zimbabwe way back in September 2005, is the oldest player in the squad (34 years 361 days), while Axar Patel is the youngest (21 years 160 days).

Three players in the squad are below 25 – Axar, Sandeep Sharma and Bhuvneshwar Kumar;  eight between 25 and 30 – Manish Pandey, Dhawal Kulkarni, Mohit Sharma, Rahane, Karn Sharma, Manoj Tiwary, Uthappa and Ambati Rayudu; and four above 30 – Kedar Jadhav, Stuart Binny, Murali Vijay and Harbhajan.

The 27-year-old Rahane, who has played 55 ODIs since his 50-overs debut in 2011, has captained only in one domestic one-day match – for Mumbai vs Maharashtra in the Vijay Hazare Trophy in February 2012.

The 15-member squad has two uncapped players in Pandey and Sandeep Sharma.

Meet the Zimbabwe-bound players.

ODI Career – Batting and fielding

  Mts Inns NO Runs Hs Avg SR 100s 50s Ct/St
Bhuvneshwar Kumar 47 24 6 189 31 10.50 81.81 0 0 15
Stuart Binny 10 7 2 108 44 21.60 76.60 0 0 2
Harbhajan Singh 229 123 33 1190 49 13.22 80.51 0 0 69
Kedar Jadhav 1 1 0 20 20 20.00 83.33 0 0 1
Dhawal Kulkarni 6 1 1 2 2* - 100.00 0 0 2
Axar Patel 15 9 3 51 17* 8.50 127.50 0 0 8
Ajinkya Rahane (C) 55 54 2 1593 111 30.63 76.81 2 9 27
Ambati Rayudu 29 26 6 787 121* 39.35 75.97 1 5 10
Karn Sharma 2 0 0 0 0 - - 0 0 3
Mohit Sharma 21 7 3 31 11 7.75 50.82 0 0 5
Manoj Tiwary 9 9 1 253 104* 31.63 76.66 1 1 3
Robin Uthappa 43 39 6 890 86 26.97 91.47 0 6 16/1
Murali Vijay 14 13 0 253 33 19.46 66.40 0 0 8

ODI Career – Bowling

  Mts Overs Runs Wkts Best Avg SR RPO 4W
Bhuvneshwar Kumar 47 378.1 1760 48 4-8 36.66 47.27 4.65 1
Stuart Binny 10 46.4 225 14 6-4 16.07 20.00 4.82 1
Harbhajan Singh 229 2009.5 8651 259 5-31 33.40 46.56 4.30 5
Kedar Jadhav 1 0 0 0 - - - - 0
Dhawal Kulkarni 6 49.2 260 11 4-34 23.64 26.91 5.27 1
Axar Patel 15 106.4 492 18 3-40 27.33 35.56 4.61 0
Ajinkya Rahane 55 0 0 0 - - - - 0
Ambati Rayudu 29 18 111 3 1-5 37.00 36.00 6.17 0
Karn Sharma 2 19 125 0 0-61 - - 6.58 0
Mohit Sharma 21 148.5 772 24 4-22 32.17 37.21 5.19 1
Manoj Tiwary 9 21 144 5 4-61 28.80 25.20 6.86 1
Robin Uthappa 43 0.2 0 0 0-0 - - 0.00 0
Murali Vijay 14 0 0 0 - - - - 0

vs Zimbabwe–Batting and fielding

  Mts Inns NO Runs Hs Avg SR 100s 50s Ct/St
Harbhajan Singh 14 4 2 44 24* 22.00 95.65 0 0 4
Ajinkya Rahane 2 2 0 69 50 34.50 76.66 0 1 0
Ambati Rayudu 4 3 1 101 63* 50.50 61.96 0 1 0
Mohit Sharma 3 0 0 0 0 - - 0 0 2
Murali Vijay 2 2 0 32 21 16.00 40.00 0 0 1

vs Zimbabwe–Bowling

  Mts Overs Runs Wkts Best Avg SR RPO 4W
Harbhajan Singh 14 127.1 511 19 4-33 26.89 40.16 4.02 1
Ajinkya Rahane 2 0 0 0 - - - - 0
Ambati Rayudu 4 0 0 0 - - - - 0
Mohit Sharma 3 26 99 6 3-48 16.50 26.00 3.81 0
Murali Vijay 2 0 0 0 - - - - 0
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