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


Pant has replaced Dinesh Karthik in the squad. Notably, he had played all the matches in the Asia Cup.

All-rounder Hardik Pandya too misses out.

Left-arm pacer Khaleel Ahmed continues to stay with the team after an impressive debut in the Asia Cup. Rohit Sharma, who captained India to an Asia Cup triumph, is the vice captain for the ODI series.

Shardul Thakur who was the 12th man in Rajkot might receive his maiden cap if Mohammad Shami looks un fit a he had some side strain problem in Rajkot.

Axar Patel had also injured himself during the Asia Cup but his place was lost because of Ravindra Jadeja's successful comeback.

However, the primary bone of contention will be whether the selectors and the team management will at least agree on having a cover batsman for Dhoni, whose wicketkeeping remains sharp but batting form has been on the slide. "And we can take a call at appropriate time about who is the best among the two". In the same period, Dhoni has made 681 runs in 24 innings at an average of 42.56 and a marginally better strike rate of 73.14.

Rishabh Pant has also been included in the 14-member Indian squad.

The selectors will pick up India's limited-overs squad against Windies on Thursday (October 11) however, its still not clear if the squad will be announced for the first three games or the entire series, which comprises five ODIs and three T20 Internationals, starting October 21. The last three ODIs are scheduled to be played in Pune, Mumbai and Thiruvananthapuram.