Dinesh Karthik has played in 71 ODIs for India    Getty Images
Dinesh Karthik has played in 73 ODIs for India Getty Image

Surprisingly, Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) included Tamil Nadu s Dinesh Karthik in India s One-Day International (ODI) squad for the upcoming series against New Zealand, against who the play a three ODIs starting October 22.

Karthik, along with Shardul Thakur are notable inclusions, in the 15-man squad. Karthik, in the recently concluded Duleep Trophy 2017-18, starred with the bat accumulating 291 runs at 72.75 inclusive of two centuries.

According to report in ESPNcricInfo, a senior BCCI official said, Karthik s inclusion is a reward for the runs he has been scoring.

There is no particular reason [behind Rahul s omission] because Ajinkya [Rahane] has done well as an opener. He (Rahul) will play Board President s XI or the Ranji Trophy. What s the point in him just being in the squad and not playing? We will see how it goes [as far as his batting position is concerned]. Because, as of now, this is the best combination. We are trying to rotate everybody. We are open to different combinations and options. DK instead of Rahul in the middle order is also a part of the process, he explains.

Talking about team selection, official concludes, When somebody comes into the team, if he comes with a lot of runs, he will come with better confidence and will have a better chance of doing well.

Karthik so far has played 73 ODIs for India.