Virender Sehwag was "rested" while Sachin Tendulkar was retained in the 15-member India squad for the Asia Cup in Bangladesh beginning March 11. Virat Kohli was named vice captain.
Fast bowlers Zaheer Khan and Umesh Yadav were also given a break. Bengal pacer Ashok Dinda and explosive batsman Yusuf Pathan made a comeback into the national side. The squad was announced after a meeting of the selection committee here Wednesday.
In-form batsman Kohli was named Mahendra Singh Dhoni's deputy for the tournament involving Pakistan, Sri Lanka and hosts Bangladesh.
The squad: Mahendra Singh Dhoni (captain/wicketkeeper), Virat Kohli (vice captain), Sachin Tendulkar, Gautam Gambhir, Rohit Sharma, Suresh Raina, Ravindra Jadeja, Ravichandran Ashwin, Praveen Kumar, Vinay Kumar, Rahul Sharma, Yusuf Pathan, Manoj Tiwary, Irfan Pathan, Ashok Dinda.