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When the newly-formed national selection committee for Team India met in Delhi on Thursday to pick the One-Day International (ODI) team for first three games of the five-match series, they had a task in hand. The team had lost quite a few important series post 2015 World Cup. They lost in Bangladesh, were beaten by South Africa at home and even lost to Australia earlier this year. Though their performance has been great in Tests and relatively better in T20s during this period, they struggled to find the right balance in ODIs. Also with a few important players like Shikhar Dhawan, KL Rahul and Bhuvneshwar Kumar being injured, the task of picking their first ever team became all the more difficult for the selectors.

A few days prior to the selection, there were rumours of limited-overs specialist Yuvraj Singh being called for a fitness test at the National Cricket Academy (NCA) in Bengaluru. Finally, when the squad was announced, there were a few surprises, but no place for Yuvraj. Instead of going for the regressive step by picking Yuvraj, the five-member panel decided to invest in the youth. The panel led by MSK Prasad picked Punjab youngster Mandeep Singh and Maharashtra player Kedar Jadhav for the middle-order roles, besides springing the biggest surprise in bringing back Suresh Raina.

The Uttar Pradesh and India veteran was perhaps rewarded for his decent run in the recently concluded Duleep Trophy. The selectors also made sure that Ajinkya Rahane was the specialist opener, as they did not opt for any other opener in the side apart from Rohit Sharma. Manish Pandey was an obvious selection after his maiden ton in Australia earlier this year. All-rounders Hardik Pandya and Axar Patel also made a comeback, while Jayant Yadav also made the cut.

Here s the squad led by MS Dhoni for the first three ODIs: MS Dhoni (C&wk), Rohit Sharma, Ajinkya Rahane, Virat Kohli, Manish Pandey, Suresh Raina, Hardik Pandya, Axar Patel, Jayant Yadav, Amit Mishra, Jasprit Bumrah, Dhawal Kulkarni, Umesh Yadav, Mandeep Singh and Kedar Jadhav.

Meanwhile, the moment team was announced, people started commenting on social media and gave their feedbacks. While some liked the team that has been picked, some criticised it. Take a look at some of the top tweets that floated on Twitter: