India pick Dravid for Champions Trophy
NEW DELHI: India on Monday picked ace batsman Rahul Dravid for their squad for the Champions Trophy tournament in South Africa in September, nearly two years after his last one-day international.
The former captain, who played his last ODI in October 2007 against Australia in Nagpur, was among a 30-strong squad named by the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI).
Dravid, 36, has scored 10,585 runs from 333 games.
The batting stalwart paved his way for a return to ODIs after playing a key role in the success of Royal Challengers Bangalore during the second season of the Indian Premier League.
He scored 271 runs at a strike-rate of 115.81 as the team finished runners-up in the tournament held in South Africa in May-June.
Batting superstar Sachin Tendulkar, who had asked to be rested from India's West Indies tour, also returned to the squad.
The eight-nation Champions Trophy will be held from September 24 to October 5.
India's 30-man squad:
Mahendra Singh Dhoni, Virender Sehwag, Gautam Gambhir, Yuvraj Singh, Rohit Sharma, Sachin Tendulkar, Rahul Dravid, Suresh Raina, Yusuf Pathan, Abhishek Nayar, Ishant Sharma, Zaheer Khan, Rudra Pratap Singh, Praveen Kumar, Harbhajan Singh, Pragyan Ojha, Ravindra Jadeja, Dinesh Karthik, Munaf Patel, Ravichandran Ashwin, Murali Vijay, Amit Mishra, Ajinkya Rahane, Dhawal Kulkarni, Subramaniam Badrinath, Ashish Nehra, Virat Kohli, Bhuvneshwar Kumar Singh, Wriddhiman Saha, Pankaj Singh.