Gambhir recalled by India

Veteran batsman Gautam Gambhir has been recalled to the India squad for their tour of England in July.

Gambhir, who has not featured since India's home defeat by England 18 months ago, is part of an 18-man squad selected for the five-Test series.

The biggest surprise among the omissions is left-arm seamer Zaheer Khan, who has regularly enjoyed success on English pitches in the past.

Instead there are calls for inexperienced pacemen Pankaj Singh and Stuart Binny, who have impressed on the domestic scene.

There is no place for in-form batsman Robin Uthappa but Ishant Sharma keeps his place in the squad and Varun Aaron returns.

Squad: Mahendra Singh Dhoni (capt, wkt), Shikhar Dhawan, Cheteshwar Pujara, Virat Kohli, Ajinkya Rahane, Rohit Sharma, Ravindra Jadeja, Ishant Sharma, Gautam Gambhir, Varun Aaron, Pankaj Singh, Wriddhiman Saha, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Ravichandran Ashwin, Ishwar Pandey, Stuart Binny.