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Injured Tendulkar selected in India World Cup squad

India will gamble on four injured players, including Sachin Tendulkar, in their 15-man World Cup squad.

Sachin Tendulkar receives treatment during the second ODI against South Africa.
Sachin Tendulkar receives treatment during the second ODI against South Africa.

MUMBAI // India will gamble on the fitness of Sachin Tendulkar, Virender Sehwag, Gautam Gambhir and Praveen Kumar for next month's World Cup.

The four injured players were included in the final 15-member squad today.

Regular openers Sehwag and Gambhir and paceman Kumar missed the current five-match one-day international series against South Africa through injury.

And Tendulkar hurt his hamstring in Saturday's second match and will return home.

As for the bowling attack, the selectors included four pacemen and three spinners.

The February 19-April 4 tournament is being co-hosted by India, Sri Lanka and Bangladesh.

Experienced seamer Zaheer Khan will spearhead the pace attack with support from Kumar, Munaf Patel and Ashish Nehra, while Harbhajan Singh leads the spin department.

He will be backed up by Ravichandran Ashwin and Piyush Chawla.

Middle-order batsman Rohit Sharma missed out on a spot as the selectors opted instead to include a third spin bowler due to the slow nature of the pitches in the sub-continent.

Squad: Mahendra Singh Dhoni (captain), Virender Sehwag (vice-captain), Sachin Tendulkar, Gautam Gambhir, Virat Kohli, Yuvraj Singh, Suresh Raina, Yusuf Pathan, Harbhajan Singh, Ravichandran Ashwin, Piyush Chawla, Zaheer Khan, Praveen Kumar, Munaf Patel, Ashish Nehra.