The disbanding of India’s class of 2011

“Now we can close the chapter. We need to build a team again.” These were MS Dhoni’s words after India won the 2011 World Cup. The remnants of the class of 2003, who had suffered the shock of the 2007 first-round exit, had run their course by 2011 in his eyes.

The absence of Virender Sehwag, Gautam Gambhir, Yuvraj Singh, Zaheer Khan and Harbhajan Singh in the list of 30 probables for the 2015 World Cup marks the formal closing of that chapter. Somewhere you knew this was likely to be a formality, that a replay was unlikely. None of the five has played an ODI in 2014. Zaheer has not since August 2012, Harbhajan since as far back as June 2011. And barring an injury to an eventually shortlisted player, and extraordinary form shown by one of the five, none of them is going to Australia and New Zealand.

Sachin Tendulkar has retired. Sreesanth has been banned for life. Ashish Nehra and Munaf…

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