Saturday, 20 October, 2018

INDvsWI: Kohli back, Pant picked up for first 2 ODIs

Kohli will eye 60th international ton as well Rishabh Pant Named in Indian ODI Squad for First Two Matches Versus Windies
Shannon Reynolds | 12 October, 2018, 07:14

Aiming for a series whitewash, India will take on West Indies in 2nd Test at Hyderabad. Virat Kohli was back to lead the side after he missed the Asia Cup, but frontline quick bowlers Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Jasprit Bumrah were rested.

Wicketkeeper-batsman Rishabh Pant's inclusion in India's 14-man squad announced by the BCCI on Thursday for the first two ODIs against West Indies nearly spells doom for the underperforming senior pro Dinesh Karthik.

Pant replaces the seasoned Dinesh Karthik in the 15-man squad.

Kedar Jadhav, the game-changer at the Asia Cup, who picked up a hamstring injury in Dubai, will be available for selection for the last three ODIs. "I have been telling this for a quite some time that we are just 18 ODIs away from now before we play first game of the World Cup and so we need to figure out our fast bowlers and so we have picked Shami", said Prasad. He had played all the five Tests in England and the first one against Windies in Rajkot after being hampered with injury issues in the first half of the year. He was ruled out in between the Asia Cup after a back injury. Prasad said he would be considered for the remaining ODIs against West Indies.

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Ravindra Jadeja, who had a dream comeback in the Asia Cup, retains his spot while Yuzvendra Chahal and Kuldeep Yadav are the other two spinners on the team. In their place are Mohammed Shami, Khaleel Ahmed and Shardul Thakur form India's bowling department. Delhi wicket-keeper batsman Rishabh Pant has been included in the team.

Pant has been called up by the selectors, who also went ahead with MS Dhoni. Karthik got several starts in the tournament but could not convert them into bigger scores when India lacked solidity in the middle order. Ravindra Jadeja is also expected to make it after his lion-hearted show as Axar Patel's replacement.

India open their campaign on October 21 in Guwahati.

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