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Leander to be considered for Davis Cup tie against China

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

Veteran Leander is in contention to make a comeback to the Indian squad for next month's tie against as the selectors get ready to announce the team tomorrow.

was dropped from the tie against last April. He has been out of favour since the Bengaluru fiasco when he was not included in the starting line-up by

However, there is a strong feeling among AITA officials that having in the squad will be an advantage for in the away Asia/Group I tie.

"We have no business losing the doubles tie against If we had won that we would have been in World Group. brings a lot on table in terms of experience," said an AITA source.

When pointed out that Bhupathi and do not share a good chemistry with Paes, the said, "the players have to put nation ahead."


"It's not about individuals it's about the team and country. will definitely be considered when the selection committee sit tomorrow," the said.

"Also, he is just one win away from that world record. He has done so much playing for nation, so he should not be overlooked. The will be given best options, then it's his choice," the added.

If is chosen then Purav Raja will be dropped. And if he manages to post a win, it will be a world record 43rd doubles victory, surpassing of

has returned to Top-50 and is placed 46 in the rankings after his stupendous show at the ATP 500 event in where he ended runners-up.

Since Divij Sharan, now ranked 44, is the country's second highest ranked after Bopanna (20), the left-hander is likely to make a comeback to the team.

Sharan had played tie against in 2012 in Chandigarh.

In singles, Yuki Bhambri, and select themselves being the top-ranked players.

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First Published: Sat, March 10 2018. 18:45 IST
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