India won the ODI series against England earlier this year © Getty Images
India won the ODI series against England earlier this year © Getty Images

Oct 4, 2014

The Indian One-Day International (ODI) team for the first three ODIs of the series against West Indies was announced on Saturday. Barring the injured Rohit Sharma, the team remained more or less the one that recently won 3-1 against England. MS Dhoni was retained as captain, while Kuldeep Yadav was a surprise inclusion in the ranks.

In Rohit’s absence, Shikhar Dhawan and Ajinkya Rahane will continue to open the innings, while the backup option of Murali Vijay remains in the scheme of things. As far as the batting department is concerned, Virat Kohli, Suresh Raina, Ambati Rayudu, and Dhoni make up the line-up. While Ravindra Jadeja is the sole all-rounder in the team, Amit Mishra, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Mohammed Shami, Mohit Sharma, Umesh Yadav, and Kuldeep Yadav make up the bowling attack.

Karn Sharma, Dhawal Kulkarni, and Sanju Samson were all part of the squad that toured England, but failed to find spots in the squad this time around. Karn had made his debut in the T20 after sitting out for the rest of the series, while Kulkarni had an unimpressive debut. Samson was unlucky to not get a game at all, and would feel rather let down at having been taken as a mere passenger and not getting a game.

India would be hoping that Dhawan and Kohli get back into the form they showed in 2013, after the pair failed to show much form in the England series. Dhawan managed to find some form toward the latter part of the series, while Kohli’s knock in the sole T20 helped him to the top of the T20 batting charts.

Indian squad for first three ODIs: MS Dhoni (c&wk), Shikhar Dhawan, Ajinkya Rahane, Virat Kohli, Suresh Raina, Ambati Rayudu, Ravindra Jadeja, Amit Mishra, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Mohammed Shami, Mohit Sharma, Umesh Yadav, Murali Vijay, Kuldeep Yadav.

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