Ahmedabad:Rahul Dravid was on Saturday dropped from the 15-member Indian one-day squad for the first two matches of the upcoming home cricket series against Pakistan.
Dravid's exclusion was probably expected after his omission from the playing XI for India's last ODI, which was against Australia.
India's cricket selectors announced the squad on Saturday in Ahmedabad.
Virender Sehwag, who had been on the sidelines for quite sometime, has been recalled into the team announced by the BCCI Secretary Niranjan Shah after a meeting of the selection committee.
The other changes include a fit-again Gautam Gambhir coming back in place of S Badrinath. Dinesh Karthik and Ramesh Powar are the other two changes from the team that was picked for the series against Australia.
Dilip Vengsarkar had earlier said that a winning team would be chosen and that led to speculation that the selectors' rotation policy had been abandoned.
"We have decided to rest Rahul Dravid and I am sure he will be back," said Dilip Vengsarkar, chairman of selectors.
But the chairman of selectors did say that those left out of this 15-man squad will be considered when the selectors next meet for the remainder of the Pakistan tour.
The one brand new face in the side is that of Uttar Pradesh medium pacer Praveen Kumar, who had considerable success on the domestic circuit. Lalchand Rajput has been retained as manager for the ODI series against Pakistan.
And, here's a look at the 15-member Indian team for the first two ODIs versus Pakistan at Guwahati and Mohali.
The team: Mahendra Singh Dhoni (captain), Yuvraj Singh, Virender Sehwag, Sourav Ganguly, Sachin Tendulkar, Gautam Gambhir, Robin Uthappa, Rohit Sharma, Harbhajan Singh, Murali Kartik, Zaheer Khan, R P Singh, Irfan Pathan, S Sreesanth and Praveen Kumar. (With PTI inputs)