Bhupathi, Bopanna set to miss cut
Despite having made themselves available for the Asia-Oceania Group 1 Davis Cup tie versus Indonesia in April, top doubles players Mahesh Bhupathi and Rohan Bopanna are unlikely to make the team that the selection committee announces in Delhi on Saturday.
After a dispute between the players and the All India Tennis Association was resolved a fortnight ago, all 11 tennis players are available for selection.
However, the selectors are likely to pick three singles and only one doubles player, shutting the door on Bhupathi and Bopanna, who are ranked below Leander Paes. Paes is ranked at eight, while Bhupathi is at 10 and Bopanna is ranked 12.
"We want to field a winning combination. We will select three singles players and only one doubles player based on their rankings, past records," Anil Dhupar, who is the chairman of the selection committee, said.
Among the singles players, Yuki Bhambri and Somdev Devvarman are going to be the top choices, with the former being the highest ranked Indian in singles rankings at 257. Also, long-standing non-playing captain SP Misra is to be retained, despite players reservations.