As per the report in Hindustan Times, some of the names suggested by MS Dhoni were flatly turned down by the selectors during their video conference for the selection of the squad for the ICC World Cup 2015.
According to HT, Dhoni made a strong case for his CSK team-mates Murali Vijay to be included as the reserve opener and medium fast bowler Mohit Sharma as the fifth genuine pacer in the 15 member squad, but the selectors alongwith Virat Kohli didn’t agree with Dhoni’s suggestions.
It is understandable that Dhoni wanted Vijay because of his great run of form in the Tests in Australia. Vijay has scored three half-centuries and a century in the ongoing four match series and it was expected that he might make it to the WC squad. But the other openers Rohit Sharma, Shikhar Dhawan and Ajinkya Rahane had done little wrong in the past one year in ODIs, so, turning down the selection of Vijay is more or less clear.
As for Mohit Sharma, Dhoni wanted him because of his ability to swing the ball with consistent line and length and to manage the workload of the four fast bowlers Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Mohammad Shami, Ishant Sharma and Umesh Yadav, who are also playing the Test series. But selectors opted for all-rounder Stuart Binny ahead of Mohit because not only his ability to swing the ball might come in handy in New Zealand, but he can also chip in with the bat when needed.
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