Wednesday, 12 December, 2018

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

Sidney Guerrero | 11 October, 2018, 23:59

Rishabh Pant's impressive form with the bat for India in Test cricket has not gone unnoticed and he could well be rewarded with a limited-overs call up for the ODI series versus West Indies. The last time Shami played an ODI was in September 2017 against Australia.

Mohammed Shami makes a return with Khaleel Ahmed and Shardul Thakur retaining their spots. "That'll be among those people whom we are going to pick from now onwards, which also includes Umesh Yadav".

Fast bowlers Deepak Chahar and Siddarth Kaul, who played one match each in the Asia Cup, were left out while left-arm quick Khaleel Ahmed retained his place.

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.

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Kedar Jadhav, who suffered a hamstring injury during the Asia Cup, has also been rested.

"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.

It remains to be seen whether Pant gets a place in the starting line-up. Karthik could muster only 146 runs in five innings in Dubai. In Pant, India have a chance to not only trial a new wicketkeeper in ODIs but also an explosive batsman in the middle order.

India will take on West Indies in a 5-match ODI series, which is scheduled to be held from October 21 to November 1. "More than the runs he scored, the composure and the body language he showed are the kind of things we look for from a player", Arun said.

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