Thursday, 18 October, 2018

West Indies captain Jason Holder wins toss, opts to bat

Virat Kohli to lead India in first two ODIs against West Indies, Rishabh Pant in, Karthik out
Cassandra Gardner | 12 October, 2018, 09:42

With India naming an unchanged 12-man squad on the eve of the Test, Mohammad Shami is the bowler sitting out to allow Thakur to come in. He had played all five Tests in England and the first one against West Indies in Rajkot, after being hampered with injury issues in the first half of the year.

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. Both played the Asia Cup but were rested for the Test series against Windies. Rohit Sharma, who captained India to an Asia Cup triumph, is the vice captain for the ODI series. Thakur returned to the squad after recovering and playing a domestic one-day match for Mumbai against Punjab in the Vijay Hazare Trophy, taking 3 for 53 and scoring 30 off 14 balls in the match.

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

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"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.

Star Indian pacers Jasprit Bumrah and Bhuvneshwar Kumar have also not been included for the first two ODIs.

India's newest Test cricketer Shardul Thakur could bowl only 1.4 overs on debut, against West Indies in Hyderabad, before having to leave the field due pain in the groin region.

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