Australia in India 2013: Gambhir dropped, Harbhajan back

India's national selectors met in Mumbai on Sunday to pick the team for the first two Tests against Australia and decided to drop Gautam Gambhir from the team.

In place of Gautam Gambhir, Shikhar Dhawan and Murali Vijay have been included in the team.

Gambhir has struggled for form in recent times. AP

Gambhir has struggled for form in recent times. AP

The injuries to the pacemen have seen the selectors pick swing bowler Bhuvneshwar Kumar in the team as well. But the other big surprise is the inclusion of Harbahajan Singh despite a pretty ordinary Ranji season.

Gambhir will replace Dhawan in the India ‘A’ side for the 3-day game against Australia, to be played from Feb 16-18. He will lead the side

India Team for first 2 Tests vs Aus

1. M.S. Dhoni (Captain)
2. Virender Sehwag
3. Shikhar Dhawan
4. Cheteshwar Pujara
5. Sachin Tendulkar
6. Virat Kohli
7. Ravindra Jadeja
8. Harbhajan Singh
9. R. Ashwin
10. Pragyan Ojha
11. Bhuvneshwar Kumar
12. Ajinkya Rahane
13. Ashok Dinda
14. Murali Vijay
15. Ishant Sharma