India and New Zealand are set to battle it out in limited overs series later this month. Team India has announced the squad for the 3-ODI series. KL Rahul has been dropped from the side while veteran batsman Dinesh Karthik makes a return. Rahul had a poor outing in Sri Lanka and didn’t feature in any of the ODIs against Australia.
Pacers Umesh Yadav and Mohammed Shami have been removed while Shardul Thakur has made a comeback after being dropped for the Australian series. The pair Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Jasprit Bumrah has been doing a wonderful job in the fast bowling department and hence selectors opted to leave out Shami and Yadav.
Other notable exclusion is of the spin duo of Ravichandran Ashwin and Ravindra Jadeja. These have been out of the side after the ICC Champions Trophy and in their absence, Yuzvendra Chahal and Kuldeep Yadav have stood up big time. The left-arm spinner Axar Patel has also found the backing of the selectors and retains his place in the side.
India and New Zealand will play 3 ODIs and as many T20Is and the Kiwis also had named the full squad earlier in the day after they had announced the preliminary 9-man squad. The ODI series will begin from October 22 with the first ODI in Mumbai.
India’s squad for the ODIs
Virat Kohli (C), Rohit Sharma, 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 and Shardul Thakur
New Zealand’s squad for the ODIs
Kane Williamson (C), Todd Astle, Trent Boult, Colin de Grandhomme, Ross Taylor, George Worker, Martin Guptill, Matt Henry, Tom Latham (wk), Henry Nicholls, Adam Milne, Colin Munro, Glenn Phillips, Mitchell Santner, Tim Southee
New Zealand’s squad for the T20Is
Kane Williamson (C), Todd Astle, Trent Boult, Colin de Grandhomme, Ish Sodhi, Tom Bruce, Martin Guptill, Matt Henry, Tom Latham (wk), Henry Nicholls, Adam Milne, Colin Munro, Glenn Phillips, Mitchell Santner, Tim Southee.