Published: Fri, October 12, 2018
Sports | By Johanna Francis

INDvsWI: Kohli back, Pant picked up for first 2 ODIs

INDvsWI: Kohli back, Pant picked up for first 2 ODIs

It's still unclear whether skipper Virat Kohli is picked up for the squad or Rohit Sharma - who led India to Asia Cup triumph in Dubai - would be asked to lead the side.

The ODI series against West Indies begins on October 21 in Guwahati before moving to Visakhapatnam on October 24.

Fast bowler Mohammed Shami, who last played an ODI over a year ago, was added to the pace attack.

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

Rishabh Pant will be in line to make his ODI debut against Windies after he was picked by the selectors as a replacement of Dinesh Karthik.

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"It's no brainer who is our No. 1 wicketkeeper", Prasad said. "Only in case of an emergency, Pant will keep wicket", he said. "In the search of second wicketkeeper, we have given opportunities to DK".

Pant's explosive hitting down the order along with Dhoni's poor run with the bat, might help the 20-year-old force his way into the side when the MSK Prasad-led selection committee sit in Hyderabad to select the squad on Thursday.

The middle-order batting concern remains but Prasad said the team management "is very close to sorting out that problem".

Meanwhile, Prasad revealed that Dhoni will play for Jharkhand in the Vijay Hazare Trophy knock-out phase.

Kedar Jadhav, Dinesh Karthik, Jasprit Bumrah, Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Hardik Pandya were dropped from the first two ODIs. "Hardik won't be ready before the second week of November", Prasad said. Captain Virat Kohli makes a comeback to the Indian squad after sitting out the Asia Cup last month. Kohli's performance against West Indies in the first Test hinted that the Run Machine is perfectly fit and he might not be inclined to take any further rest. Khaleel Ahmed after a promising show in the Asia Cup finds a place in the squad.

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