Indian selectors axe Sehwag from T20 team

Zaheer Khan and Yuvray dropped for Nagpur Test

India's cricket selectors have wielded the axe following the two humiliating defeats suffered at the hands of England in the ongoing Test series.

England coasted to a seven-wicket victory in the third Test which concluded in Kolkata on Sunday to take an unassailable 2-1 lead in the four-match series.

Pace spearhead aheer Khan and batsman Yuvraj Singh are missing from the squad named for the fourth and final Test against England starting on Thursday in Nagpur.

But the biggest surprise is the omission of dashing opener Virender Sehwag for the two Twenty20 matches.

Off-spinner Harbhajan Singh, who did not play the last match, has also been sidelined with the Sandeep Patil-led selection panel opting for leg-spinner Piyush Chawla and infused young blood Delhi paceman Parvinder Awana and Saurashtra all-rounder Ravindra Jadeja for the Nagpur Test.

Uttar Pradesh all-rounder Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Awana were the two new faces named in the squad for the two Twenty20 matches to be held in Pune (December 20) and Mumbai (December 22).

Squad for Nagpur Test: Mahendra Singh Dhoni (captain), Virender Sehwag, Gautam Gambhir, Sachin Tendulkar, Virat Kohli, Cheteshwar Pujara, Ravindra Jadeja, R Ashwin Piyush Chawla, Ishant Sharma, Ajinkya Rahane, Ashok Dinda, M Vijay, Parvinder Awana.

Squad for Twenty20 series: Mahendra Singh Dhoni (captain), Gautam Gambhir, Ajinkya Rahane, Virat Kohli, Rohit Sharma, Suresh Raina, Yuvraj Singh, Manoj Tiwary, Ravichandran Ashwin, Ravindra Jadeja, Piyush Chawla, Ashok Dinda, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Laxmipathy Balaji, Parvinder Awana.

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