[caption id="attachment_651542" align="alignnone" width="628"]<img class="size-full wp-image-651542" alt="Dinesh Karthik has played in 71 ODIs for India Getty Images " src="https://www.cricketcountry.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/10/karthik12.jpg" width="628" height="355" /> Dinesh Karthik has played in 73 ODIs for India Getty Image[/caption] <p></p> <p></p>Surprisingly, Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) included Tamil Nadu s <a href="https://www.cricketcountry.com/players/dinesh-karthik/" target="_blank">Dinesh Karthik</a> in <a href="https://www.cricketcountry.com/teams/India" target="_blank">India s</a> One-Day International (ODI) squad for the upcoming series against <a href="https://www.cricketcountry.com/teams/new-zealand" target="_blank">New Zealand</a>, against who the play a three ODIs starting October 22. <p></p> <p></p>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. <p></p> <p></p>According to report in <em>ESPNcricInfo,</em> a senior BCCI official said, Karthik s inclusion is a reward for the runs he has been scoring. <p></p> <p></p> 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. <p></p> <p></p>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. <p></p> <p></p>Karthik so far has played 73 ODIs for India.