Injured pace spearhead Zaheer Khan and spinners Harbhajan Singh and Pragyan Ojha were the notable omissions from the squad announced by the BCCI Secretary Sanjay Patel.
     
The tour of England starts from June 26 and concludes on September 7 during which the Indians will play five Tests , an equal number of ODIs and one Twenty20 International.
     
The left-handed Gambhir's return to the Test squad was on expected lines after he rediscovered his form in the domestic circuit and had been in good touch in the IPL 7.
     
The 32-year-old's last Test appearance for India was way back in 2012 in the home series against England. Rajasthan pacer Pankaj Singh, 29, has been rewarded for his consistent form in the goneby Ranji season during which he picked 45 wickets but his name was not in the reckoning for a place in the Test team.
     
Binny's inclusion came as a bit of a surprise but the selectors might have considered the utility of his gentle medium pace bowling in the seaming conditions in England.
     
Barring Binny and Pankaj's inclusion, there were no other surprises in the squad for England which has been packed with a host of pace bowlers to capitalise on the seamer-friendly conditions.  
     
The side features seven pacers, led by the gangling Ishant Sharma, and just two spinners in Ashwin and Ravindra Jadeja.
     
Apart from adding the experienced Gambhir, the batting line-up has not been tinkered with. Murali Vijay and Shikhar Dhawan are the two openers, followed by Cheteshwar Pujara, Virat Kohli, Ajinkya Rahane, Rohit Sharma.
     
Wriddhimaan Saha has been taken on board as backup for Dhoni, who is the team's first-choice wicketkeeper. The selectors continued to ignore veteran Virender Sehwag, who has done his case no good by continuing to under-perform in the domestic arena.
     
Only three players -- Dhoni, Ishant and Gambhir – of this chosen squad of 18 have the experience of playing Tests in England.

India's Tour of England-2014
Match Date Teams Venue Time
1st Test July 09-13
India vs England Nottingham 3:30 PM
2nd Test
July 17-21 India vs England London 3:30 PM
3rd Test
July 27-31 India vs England Southampton 3:30 PM
4th Test August 7-11 India vs England Manchester 3:30 PM
5th Test August 15-19 India vs England London 3:30 PM
1st ODI August 25 India vs England Bristol 3:00 PM
2nd ODI August 27 India vs England Cardiff 3:00 PM
3rd ODI August 30 India vs England Nottingham 3:00 PM
4th ODI September 02 India vs England Birmingham 3:00 PM
5th ODI September 05 India vs England Leeds 3:00 PM
Only T20 September 07 India vs England Birmingham 7:30 PM


The England tour commences on June 26 with a three-day game in Leicester. The visitors are to play one more warm-up three-day game against Derbyshire (July 1-3) before the five- match Test series starts on July 9 at Trent Bridge.
    
The other Tests are to be played at Lord's (July 17- 21), Ageas Bowl in Southampton (July 27-31), Old Trafford (August 7-11) and The Oval (August 15-19).
    
The Tests would be followed by the five-match ODI series commencing on August 25 at Bristol before India would wind up the visit by playing a one-off T20 international against the hosts on September 7 at Edgbaston.

Incidentally, the Dhoni-led team was comprehensively beaten 4-0 in the four-game rubber in 2011, India's previous full tour to England and this visit gives it a chance to make amends.

Indian bowlers need to deliver in England: Dravid

Former captain Rahul Dravid termed the upcoming five-match Test series in England as a challenging one but was confident India can compete well against the hosts if the bowlers step up and deliver on the seam-friendly conditions.

"It is going to be a challenging series, there is no doubt about it. If India can find a couple of bowlers who can step up during the series, then I think they are in for a great series," said the former cricketer at a promotional event.
     
India are to play a five-Test series for the first time since 1959 and Dravid feels the Mahendra Singh Dhoni-led side showed plenty of signs of possessing quality players on their two previous overseas tours recently -- to South Africa late last year and New Zealand early this year.
     
"I think 5 Test matches is never easy but I believe India has got a pretty good side. From what I have seen in the last two series in South Africa and New Zealand, they came close to winning a Test match in both the series. Whether it was in Johannesburg or whether it was in New Zealand, they had their chances but they just couldn't grab them," he remarked.
     
"I think this might be a good time and a good series for them to make that jump and actually win one or two Test matches abroad. If they do that then they will get a lot of confidence because they are quite a young side, a developing side. The challenge again I believe for India is that ability to get 20 wickets,” he said.
     
"You must find a way to get 20 wickets. You saw that with Sri Lanka in the last game as well, they just didn't seem to be able to get 20 wickets against England. That becomes a big challenge for sub-continent teams when we travel abroad," Dravid pointed out.

INDIAN SQUAD FOR TEST MATCHES

Mahendra Singh Dhoni (Captain)

Playing role: Wicketkeeper batsman

Batting style: Right-hand bat

Bowling style: Right-arm medium

 

Gautam Gambhir

Playing role: Top-order batsman

Batting style: Left-hand bat

Bowling style: Legbreak

 


Murali Vijay

Playing role: Top-order batsman

Batting style: Right-hand bat

Bowling style: Right-arm offbreak

 

Shikhar Dhawan

Playing role: Top-order batsman

Batting style: Left-hand bat

Bowling style: Right-arm offbreak

 

Virat Kohli

Playing role: Middle-order batsman

Batting style: Right-hand bat

Bowling style: Right-arm medium

 

Cheteshwar Pujara

Playing role: Batsman

Batting style: Right-hand bat

Bowling style: Legbreak

Ajinkya Rahane

Playing role: Top-order batsman

Batting style: Right-hand bat

Fielding position: Right-arm medium

Rohit Sharma     

Playing role: Batsman

Batting style: Right-hand bat

Bowling style: Right-arm offbreak

Ravindra Jadeja

Playing role: Allrounder

Batting style: Left-hand bat

Bowling style: Slow left-arm orthodox

Ravichandran Ashwin

Playing role: Bowler

Batting style: Right-hand bat

Bowling style: Right-arm offbreak

Ishant Sharma

Playing role: Bowler

Batting style: Right-hand bat

Bowling style: Right-arm fast-medium

 

Mohammed Shami

Playing role:  Bowler

Batting style:  Right-hand bat

Bowling style:  Right-arm fast-medium

 

 

Bhuvneshwar Kumar

Playing role: Bowler

Batting style: Right-hand bat

Bowling style: Right-arm medium

 

Varun Aaron

Playing role: Bowler

Batting style: Right-hand bat

Bowling style: Right-arm fast-medium

 

 

Ishwar Pandey

Playing role: Bowler

Batting style: Right-hand bat

Bowling style: Right-arm medium

Stuart Binny

Playing role: Allrounder

Batting style: Right-hand bat

Bowling style: Right-arm medium
Wriddhiman Saha

Playing role: Wicketkeeper batsman

Batting style: Right-hand bat

Bowling style: --

 

Pankaj Singh

Playing role: Bowler

Batting style: Right-hand bat

Bowling style: Right-arm medium-fast

 

 

 

Duncan Fletcher

Coach

 

(JPN)

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