Rishabh Pant breaks into Indian ODI team after runs in Tests

Silvia Morton
October 12, 2018

All-rounder Hardik Pandya too misses out.

Fast bowler Mohammed Shami, who last played an ODI over a year ago, was added to the pace attack. He had played the IPL with some niggles and was later dropped for the one-off Test against Afghanistan after failing a fitness test at the National Cricket Academy in Bengaluru.

Kolkata Knight Riders' skipper Dinesh Karthik has been axed from the national team after his back-to-back flop shows in England and in the recently concluded Asia Cup 2018. He was ruled out in between the Asia Cup after a back injury.

Suresh Raina, India's crisis man during the 2011 World Cup has been in decent form of late for Uttar Pradesh in ongoing Vijay Hazare trophy.

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India have given a debut to Mumbai pacer Shardul Thakur and rested Mohammed Shami. Ravindra Jadeja is also expected to make it after his lion-hearted show as Axar Patel's replacement. The spin duo of Kuldeep Yadav and Yuzvendra Chahal has been named in the Indian team.

It remains to be seen whether Pant gets a place in the starting line-up.

"It's no brainer who is our No. 1 wicketkeeper", Prasad said. Right now we're giving an opportunity to Rishabh Pant. In three T20Is, he has scored 32 runs in one innings out of the three T20Is he played for India. Shikhar Dhawan, KL Rahul, Ambati Rayudu, and Manish Pandey complete India's batting line-up.

India is now playing the home test series against West Indies and are leading 1-0 in the two-match Test series.

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