Wednesday, 23 October, 2019

MS Dhoni returns to India's T20I squad for New Zealand tour

India squad for ODIs vs Australia New Zealand series announced MS Dhoni returns to T20Is Image Credits IANS
Shannon Reynolds | 24 December, 2018, 18:13

He was also included in the One-day worldwide squad that will face Australia.

India's squad for T20I series against New Zealand: Virat Kohli (Capt), Rohit Sharma (vc), KL Rahul, Shikhar Dhawan, Rishabh Pant, Dinesh Karthik, Kedar Jadhav, MS Dhoni (WK), Hardik Pandya, Krunal Pandya, Kuldeep Yadav, Yuzvendra Chahal, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Jasprit Bumrah, Khaleel Ahmed.

The 15-member squad for the twin ODI series against Australia (starting January 12) and New Zealand (starting January 23) is pretty much the core team for the World Cup in England that starts May 30.

Dhoni was left out for six T20Is - three against West Indies at home and three in Australia. But the 20-year-old will return for the T20I series against the Black Caps.

Pant has been included though in the T20I series against the Black Caps, which also has MS Dhoni and Karthik. "Already Dinesh Karthik and KL Rahul are there in case MS gets injured", he added.

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Among the middle-order batsmen, Manish Pandey has missed out on both squads. Mohammed Shami, who picked up a six-wicket haul in the last Test in Perth, returns to the ODI squad after missing the last three one-dayers against Windies. Kedar Jadhav will provide some boost in the middle order and could also be used as a spin bowling option.

Virat Kohli will continue to lead the side in both the formats and Rohit Sharma will be his deputy.

The pacers would be Khaleel Ahmed, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Jasprit Bumrah and the all rounder's role will be played by Hardik Pandya.

In the ODI squad, all-rounder Hardik Pandya makes a comeback after missing the West Indies ODI series due to a back injury.

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