India’s Davis Cup squad introduced: Nagal returns, Divij Sharan dropped

Published:Mar 10, 202422:33
India’s Davis Cup squad introduced: Nagal returns, Divij Sharan dropped

Sumit Nagal on Thursday made a comeback to the Indian Davis Cup staff for the away World Group I tie in opposition to Norway whereas doubles specialist Divij Sharan was dropped after falling behind within the pecking order.

Expectedly, nation’s primary singles participant Ramkumar Ramanathan (ranked 196), Prajnesh Gunneswaran (295), Sasikumar Mukund (431), Yuki Bhambri (571), doubles exponent Rohan Bopanna (21) have been named within the staff because the Nandan Bal-led choice committee picked 4 specialist singles gamers.

Arjun Kadhe (519) and Sidharth Rawat (566) are ranked above Yuki but when the Delhi participant is to make use of his Protected Rating, he can be in top-100. And going by the category of Yuki, it solely is smart to have a participant of his calibre within the facet.

Of the six gamers, one can be named a reserve by captain Rohit Rajpal after assessing circumstances in Norway and it is going to be a five-member unit that can compete on September 16 and 17.

Sumit Nagal, who underwent a hip surgical procedure in November 2021, started competing on the circuit from April this 12 months. In eight tournaments this season, Nagal has received 4 matches.

The 24-year-old participant from Haryana final performed a Davis Cup tie in opposition to Croatia in March 2021 and missed the next matches in opposition to Finland (September 2021) and Denmark (March 2022).

“The courts are anticipated to be sluggish in Norway, so Sumit comes into play there. Gradual courts go well with the sport fashion of Sumit. If courts are sooner now we have the choice of Yuki and Ramkumar. So now we have to have 4 singles gamers within the facet,” Nandan Bal informed PTI.

“Each Ramkumar and Yuki are enjoying doubles additionally and doing properly. So there was no place for Divij Sharan within the facet this time. He is available in solely as doubles specialist and these guys can play each singles and doubles,” he stated.

Divij has misplaced his place in top-100 doubles rankings. He's now ranked 196 and there are seven Indian gamers ranked above him other than the top-ranked Rohan Bopanna.

Will probably be first time that India and Norway will compete in opposition to one another in Davis Cup.

India had blanked Denmark 4-0 in New Delhi within the World Group Play-offs in March this 12 months. 

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