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Days over for Zaheer, Gambhir, Sehwag, Yuvraj?
The Indian squad for the upcoming tri-series, scheduled from 28 June to 11 July, also featuring Sri Lanka and hosts West Indies has been announced. The selectors have decided to go ahead with the same team that is currently playing in England.

This means that the Indian team is devoid of many experienced players, such as Gautam Gambhir, Virender Sehwag, Zaheer Khan, Harbhajan Singh and Yuvraj Singh. Are their cricket days over with the Indian team, is a question on the minds of Indian fans.

With Indian team having already reached the semi final of the ongoing Champions Trophy, the selectors might have thought not to break off the winning combination of the Indian team. This is a new look Indian team, especially in the batting front, which comprises Shikhar Dhawan and Rohit Sharma as openers, Dinesh Karthik, Suresh Raina, MS Dhoni and Jadeja in the middle order. There is no surprise in the team, as these players have proved themselves in the domestic season, so they deserved this break.

But, what if these players fail to deliver in the future tournaments? Will the senior players be brought back or will they still be given some more chances with the thought of 2015 World Cup in Australia and New Zealand? Even if they fail, one should give them an extended run, for they are the future of Indian cricket, at least in the ODIs.

All these players from the current squad may be good and decent enough to replace their senior men in the ODI format, but will they be able to replace them in the longer format of the game, which is also said to be an ultimate Test of a cricketer? Virender Sehwag, Gautam Gambhir and Zaheer Khan have tremendous record in Test cricket both at home and abroad.

The only person who might make a comeback to the Indian team is Zaheer Khan, as he was given rest due to injuries. His experience might be needed in the longer format of the game, especially to help the younger crop of Indian bowlers to grow. But, he still needs to fight for a place in the team with the likes of Umesh Yadav, Ishant Sharma and Bhuvanesh Kumar coming with effective display of pace and swing bowling.

With Shikhar Dhawan performing so well and consistently, he has almost cemented his place in both the formats of the game, ODI and Test. Murli Vijay has also been a decent player. The real test of these players lies in the longer format when they travel abroad in tough seaming conditions. Many established ODI players like Suresh Raina found it tough playing in alien condition, which provides more bounce and pace along with the swing.

Age may be an important factor when we consider the senior players who have been left out. All the players brought in the squad are relatively younger players and have a much more number of playing years ahead of them, so they have been given full opportunity. Sehwag is 34-years-old, Gambhir, 31, Zaheer, 34, and Yuvraj, 31 compared to the present squad players, Dhawan, 27, Rohit Sharma, 26, and Ravindra Jadeja 24. Even if the senior players have good cricket left in them, it is their ailing body, which will take its toll.

The best years for Sehwag and Gambhir are behind them, and brining them back will neither guarantee success nor will they be considered a part of the future plan. One of the best things, apart from the new players being consistent, is the Indian fielding, which has looked solid, all thanks to the number of fresh legs and the youngsters in the team.

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