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

12 October, 2018, 09:42 | Author: Suzanne Horton

India hasn't made any changes to their 12-man squad which means exclusion of Mayank Agarwal and Mohammad Siraj. 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.

Among pacers, Mohammed Shami, who last played an ODI over a year ago, will once again be seen in the blue jersey.

Ravindra Jadeja, who was drafted into the Asia Cup squad after an injury to Axar Patel, has kept his place as has left-arm pace bowler Khaleel Ahmed. Chahar and Kaul had been injury replacements for Pandya and Shardul Thakur in the Asia Cup.

Shardul, 26, plays for Mumbai in the Ranji Trophy and is just four days away from his birthday.


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. In Pant, India have a chance to not only trial a new wicketkeeper in ODIs but also an explosive batsman in the middle order.

After the complete one-sided Test in Rajkot, both teams have geared up for the second and final Test of the two match Test series in Hyderabad which will be played from 12th October to 16th October.

The India A squad includes several ODI regulars who did not get the nod for the upcoming World T20 to be held in West Indies in November.

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