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Selectors to weigh IPL show for CT squad

The national selectors are certain to discuss performances in the ongoing IPL while picking the squad for Champions Trophy on Saturday. Though IPL lasts till May 26, the selectors might already have taken down copious notes on players from the 30 probables to fill the handful of vacancies for the tournament to be held in England June 6-23.

MS Dhoni, Virat Kohli, Gautam Gambhir, Yuvraj Singh, Suresh Raina, Rohit Sharma, Ravindra Jadeja, R Ashwin, B Kumar and Shikhar Dhawan should be certainties. That leaves five places up for grabs. Of these, at least three pacers will have to be picked, besides a seventh batsman and a second spinner.  Dhawan may edge out Ajinkya Rahane unless the Mumbai batsman is considered for a middle-order place where, too, he will face stiff competition from Dinesh Karthik and Manoj Tiwary. Karthik could also be the back-up glovesman for Dhoni, though he has played as a specialist batsman in the past.

Among the bowlers, leg-spinner Amit Mishra’s name should crop up. He has been the most successful Indian spinner in IPL 6. Vinay Kumar is one pacer who looks good to get in on form while Umesh Yadav too seems to have regained his fitness and pace. Ishant Sharma, Praveen Kumar and Ashok Dinda are the other main contenders.
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