The selection panel, led by Anil Dhupar, named Jeevan and Sanam Singh as reserve players while the fast-rising Ramkumar Ramanathan, who shocked Somdev at Chennai Open, is a special invitee to the squad.
The panel dropped Vijayant Malik and N Sriram Balaji from the reserves list. Sanam was in the playing squad in the last tie against Indonesia in Bangalore. Asked about Myeneni's selection ahead of Jeevan, Dhupar said, "We were looking for a player who could play singles as well as doubles. And there's not much difference in the rankings of the two. Saketh is doing well and he has beaten Jeevan in all five meetings. He is also a better player in doubles."
India's Davis Cup coach Zeeshan Ali said," It was the best combination. We discussed about Mahesh Bhupathi but he is semi-retired and Rohan is a better-ranked player." However, Zeeshan said it was not right to say that, "Bhupathi has played his last tie for India." Bopanna's last Davis Cup appearance was in April, 2012 against Uzbekistan in an away tie. (PTI)