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12 October, 2018, 07:14 | Author: Candice Daniels
  • Will Kohli be rested once again

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. 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. Notably, he had played all the matches in the Asia Cup.

Dinesh Karthik was left out of the squad to make way for Pant, and allrounders Kedar Jadhav and Hardik Pandya had not yet recovered from their injuries.

The Board of Control for Cricket in India on Thursday named the final 14-member squad for the first two One Day International (ODI) matches against the West Indies.

Fast bowler Mohammed Shami, who last played an ODI over a year ago, was added to the pace attack. Pant had hit a scintillating 114 off 146 balls in the final Test match against England at The Oval in September and smashed an 84-ball 92 in the first Test against West Indies at Rajkot. He was ruled out in between the Asia Cup after a back injury.

Mohammed Shami, Khaleel Ahmed, and Shardul Thakur have also been included in the Indian squad. Prasad said he would be considered for the remaining ODIs against West Indies.

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Left-arm pacer Khaleel Ahmed continues to stay with the team after an impressive debut in the Asia Cup.

The chief selector also said Virat Kohli, who was rested for the Asia Cup, will play the entire series.

"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. Thanks to his brilliant performances in Tests, Ravindra Jadeja is all set to make a comeback in the ODI squad.

It remains to be seen whether Pant gets a place in the starting line-up.

India open their campaign on October 21 in Guwahati.

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