Karthik, Shardul in; Rahul out for New Zealand ODIs

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Shikhar Dhawan, Dinesh Karthik and Shardul Thakurreturned to India ODI squad for the three-match series against New Zealand later this month.

Making way for the three were KL Rahul, Mohammed Shami and Umesh Yadav, while there was still no room for R Ashwin and Ravindra Jadeja in the Indian 50-over side.

Shami, who featured in just one match in the five match ODI series against Australia in Bangalore, went for 62 runs in ten wicket-less overs as India lost by 21 runs. Umesh, who gave a much better account of himself in the same Bangalore ODI with returns of 4 for 71, were largely surplus to India’s requirements at home in ODIs.

Squad: Virat Kohli (Captain), Rohit Sharma (vice-captain), 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.

Fixtures:

First ODI: October 22, Mumbai

Second ODI: October 25, Pune

Third ODI: October 29, Kanpur

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