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Rishabh Pant breaks into Indian ODI team after runs in Tests

12 October 2018

The five-match series begins in Guwahati on October 21.

"Mohammed Shami has been included precisely for that reason". The last time Shami played an ODI was in September 2017 against Australia. Virat Kohli is back to lead the side after he missed the Asia Cup 2018 and frontline quick bowlers Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Jasprit Bumrah have been rested.

"Of course Umesh Yadav is also part of our pool and as we are looking at a workload management strategy".

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On the other hand, West Indies, their regular skipper Jason Holder is still not fit and their star bowler Shannon Gabriel is also doubtful for the final encounter. While Pandya had injured his lower back in the Asia Cup match against Pakistan to be ruled out of the tournament, Jadhav won India the title with an injured hamstring.

Left-arm pacer Khaleel Ahmed continues to stay with the team after an impressive debut in the Asia Cup. Ravindra Jadeja is also expected to make it after his lion-hearted show as Axar Patel's replacement. The spin attack was retained, with Kuldeep Yadav and Yuzvendra Chahal completing the trio.

"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.

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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.

"It's no brainer who is our No. 1 wicketkeeper", Prasad said. Shikhar Dhawan, KL Rahul, Ambati Rayudu, and Manish Pandey complete India's batting line-up.

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