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Rishabh Pant picked for first two ODIs, Kohli back as captain

12 October 2018, 07:13 | Charlene Valdez

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India has announced its squad for the first two ODIs against West Indies and it seems MS Dhoni and Rishabh Pant have both made the squad, India captain Virat Kohli has not been rested which is a big news for the fans.

Kedar Jadhav, who suffered a hamstring injury during the Asia Cup, has also been rested.

India will have to wait for the return of Hardik Pandya, who suffered a lower back injury during the Asia Cup in the UAE and had to be stretchered out.

Fast bowler Mohammed Shami, who last played an ODI over a year ago, was added to the pace attack. 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. However, 33-year-old Dinesh Karthik, who failed to capitalise his opportunity in the Asia Cup, misses out.

"That's the reason why we have included Khaleel, Shardul [Thakur] and Shami in this squad now", he said.

"We all know that Dhoni will play till the World Cup but there is no harm in grooming Pant, who could be a terrific No.6 or 7 batsman, who has the ability to finish games", a senior BCCI official privy to selection matters told PTI. Khaleel Ahmed after a promising show in the Asia Cup finds a place in the squad.

Axar Patel had also injured himself during the Asia Cup but his place was lost because of Ravindra Jadeja's successful comeback.

Earlier in the day, India announced a 12-member squad for the Hyderabad Test starting tomorrow, it was a surprise that Mayank Agarwal again does not get picked. Although Pant might feature for India in the ODI, it looks like for the time-being he will just be a batsman as MS Dhoni is also picked as the wicketkeeper. "And we can take a call at appropriate time about who is the best among the two".

India open their campaign on October 21 in Guwahati.

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