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India Drop 5 Star Names from ICC World Cup 2015 Probables List

Rory Marsden@@roomarsdenFeatured ColumnistDecember 4, 2014

MUMBAI, INDIA - APRIL 02:  India players Yuvraj Singh, Virat Kohli and Dr Nitin Patel (R) celebrate with the trophy after India defeated Sri Lanka a in the 2011 ICC World Cup Final between India and Sri Lanka played at Wankhede Stadium on April 2, 2011 in Mumbai, India.  (Photo by Graham Crouch/Getty Images)
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India have omitted five major names from their preliminary squad list of 30 probable players for the 2015 Cricket World Cup in Australia and New Zealand.

Virender Sehwag, Yuvraj Singh, Harbhajan Singh, Zaheer Khan and Gautam Gambhir have all been left out of the squad, per NDTV Sports. That means only four players remain from India's triumphant 2011 group, per ESPNcricinfo:

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The only survivors from 2011 World Cup-winning squad: MS Dhoni Virat Kohli Suresh Raina R Ashwin #WorldCup2015 http://t.co/mzBkyClJN1

Each one of the omitted quintet were part of the team that beat Sri Lanka by six wickets to claim one-day cricket's biggest prize in Mumbai four years ago.

However, India's cricketing governing body (BCCI) has arguably quite rightly decided to go with youth ahead of past heroes.

Yuvraj was the last of the five omitted stars to appear for India in an ODI, and that was back in December 2013.

The BCCI provides the full list of probables via its Twitter feed:

BCCI @BCCI

India WC probables Part I - MS Dhoni, Shikhar Dhawan, Rohit Sharma, Ajinkya Rahane, Robin Uthappa, Virat Kohli, Suresh Raina, Ambati Rayudu

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India WC probables Part II - Kedar Jadhav, Manoj Tiwary, Manish Pandey, Wriddhiman Saha, Sanju Samson, R Ashwin, Parvez Rasool, Karn Sharma

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India WC probables Part III - Amit Mishra, Ravindra Jadeja, Axar Patel, Ishant Sharma, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Mohd Shami, Umesh Yadav, V Aaron

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India WC probables Part IV - Dhawal Kulkarni, Stuart Binny, Mohit Sharma, Ashoke Dinda, Kuldeep Yadav and Murali Vijay

Along with Australia and South Africa, India are one of the favourites to win the tournament Down Under, which gets underway on Feb. 14.

They have been drawn in Pool B along with the Proteas, Pakistan, West Indies, Zimbabwe, Ireland and the UAE.

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