"As of now, we have picked Shikhar Dhawan and Rohit Sharma as openers and Ajinkya Rahane is the back-up opener", Prasad replied when asked about Gambhir.
R Ashwin's return is vital.
Interestingly, four of the five above mentioned players also featured in the competition last time around, that was so dominated by Dhawan and Rohit, who laid an excellent foundation for the rest.
That was important considering his workload.
"He represented India in the last worldwide game". He conceded 188 runs in 27 overs in the three-ODI series against England, his last limited-overs assignment.
What looked like just another mere injury turned career-threatening for Shami and there were serious question marks about his future.
"I was called to play against South Africa [in 2015] and I was the [second] highest wicket-taker for India. It's not like others who have undergone surgeries and are getting rehabilitated".
In the seam department, even though the likes of Jaydev Unadkat and Basil Thampi hit headlines recently with their performances in the IPL, it was the experience of Mohammed Shami that was preferred. "So unless we get permission from them, I can't make a comment", Choudhary said. Once he proved his fitness playing for Bengal in the Vijay Hazare Trophy and then for Delhi Daredevils, it came down only to his fitness. Though Shikhar has given a good start to the Sunrisers Hyderabad this season but he hasn't been consistent.
He was the Player-of-the-Tournament when India won in 2013.
"That's the reason I am playing all the one-dayers, domestic T20s and now the IPL".
While no major changes have been made in the squad which enjoyed a successful 2016-17 home season, the selectors have chose to back the experienced Ajinkya Rahane over youngster Rishabh Pant. Young Manish Pandey in the team will add on to the batting strength.
Team composition was another factor.
As per reported by Hindustan Times, chief selector MSK Prasad said: "We considered Rishabh Pant, Kuldeep Yadav, Suresh Raina, Dinesh Karthik and Shardul Thakur". We have players, coaches and our equipped through which we can win.
According to the MoU, Asian arch-rivals were supposed to play eight bilateral series between 2015-2023, out of which Pakistan were supposed to host six, whereas India were due to host two.
Pakistan plays two warm-up games in Birmingham before their clash against India; taking on Bangladesh on May 27 before facing world champions Australia on May 29.