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Rishabh Pant in fray for five-match ODI series vs West Indies

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Kristopher Love | 12 October, 2018, 07:13

Jasprit Bumrah and Bhuvneshwar Kumar are the top two choices and both have been rested for the first two ODIs against West Indies. It will be a three-match ODI home series against Australia A which will be played in BKC, Mumbai from October 15 to 19.

Jadhav will come back after the first two ODIs, and Pandya will be fit from the second week of November.

India is now playing the home test series against West Indies and are leading 1-0 in the two-match Test series. 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.

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

The chief selector also said Virat Kohli, who was rested for the Asia Cup, will play the entire series. Chahar and Kaul had been injury replacements for Pandya and Shardul Thakur in the Asia Cup.

With 13 ODIs left for India until the World Cup next year, the chairman of selectors MSK Prasad was keen on testing India's fast-bowling bench strength.

Mohammed Shami makes a return with Khaleel Ahmed and Shardul Thakur retaining their spots.

Left-arm pacer Khaleel Ahmed continues to stay with the team after an impressive debut in the Asia Cup. Thanks to his brilliant performances in Tests, Ravindra Jadeja is all set to make a comeback in the ODI squad.

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.

However, the primary bone of contention will be whether the selectors and the team management will at least agree on having a cover batsman for Dhoni, whose wicketkeeping remains sharp but batting form has been on the slide. "And we can take a call at appropriate time about who is the best among the two".