Thakur, Karthik Back For Kiwi ODIs

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New Delhi: Indian selectors on Saturday named a 15-man squad for the three-match ODI series against New Zealand. Young pacer Shardul Thakur and wicketkeeper-batsman Dinesh Karthik have made their way back into the national team. But KL Rahul, who was in the squad for the ODIs against Australia but didn’t play a single game, was left out.

Thakur, 25, is still part of the India A side which is taking out their Kiwi counterparts. The right-arm medium pacer has played two ODIs, taking a wicket. The selectors boosted the top order by naming Shikhar Dhawan, who had sought leave for the Australia ODIs to be with his ill wife, in the squad.

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But India’s celebrated spin twins- R Ashwin and Ravindra Jadeja – continued to be left out as well, as spin trio of Yuzvendra Chahal, Kuldeep Yadav and Axar Patel was retained.

India are currently the top-ranked ODI side in the world. They defeated Australia 4-1 in the just concluded five-match series at home. Before that, Kohli & Co blanked Sri Lanka 5-0 away.

SQUADS

IND ODI: Virat Kohli (captain), Rohit Sharma (vice-captain), Shikhar Dhawan, Ajinkya Rahane, Manish Pandey, Kedar Jadhav, Dinesh Karthik, MS Dhoni (wk), Hardik Pandya, Axar Patel, Kuldeep Yadav, Yuzvendra Chahal, Jasprit Bumrah, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Shardul Thakur.

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