MS Dhoni back as wicketkeeper in India’s T20I squad for New Zealand tour, Rishabh Pant out of ODIs
Rishabh Pant (L) has lost the wicketkeeping duties to MS Dhoni. © AFP

MS Dhoni has been reinstated as designated wicketkeeper in India‘s Twenty20 international squad for the tour of New Zealand in January, while Rishabh Pant has not been named in the ODI squad for three matches against Australia and five in New Zealand.

A BCCI release on Monday stated that Pant, who is in the T20I squad but as a specialist batsman, will return from Australia after the fourth Test in the first week of 2019 to play for India A in a five-match one-day series at home against England Lions.

Pant, 21, made his wicketkeeping debut in T20Is in the home series against West Indies in November with Dhoni out from India’s T20I squads for that contest and the three T20Is in Australia. When the previous T20I squad was named, MSK Prasad, head of the BCCI selection panel, did not rule out a return for Dhoni.

Hardik Pandya, having been added to India’s Test squad last week, slots back in both the ODI and T20I squads. He marked his return to competitive cricket with a five-wicket haul for Baroda in their 2018-19 Ranji Trophy game versus Mumbai last week, and followed that up with 73 from 137 balls with the bat and then two wickets for four runs in six overs when the home team batted again.

In September, he suffered a back injury during the Asia Cup in the United Arab Emirates and had to be stretchered off the field. He underwent rehabilitation and was not available for the first two Tests in Australia.

Umesh Yadav has been omitted from both limited-overs squads and Washington Sundar drops out of the T20I squad. Kedar Jadhav returns to the T20I squad, having been retained for the ODIs.

Shreyas Iyer has been omitted India’s T20I squad and Manish Pandey from the ODI squad. Dinesh Karthik has been recalled to India’s ODI squad.

India play three ODIs in Australia on January 12, 15 and 18. The team then travels to New Zealand for five ODIs and three T20Is.

India squad for ODI series against Australia and New Zealand: Virat Kohli (capt), Rohit Sharma (v/c), KL Rahul, Shikhar Dhawan, Ambati Rayudu, Dinesh Karthik, Kedar Jadhav, MS Dhoni (wk), Hardik Pandya, Kuldeep Yadav, Yuzvendra Chahal, Ravindra Jadeja, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Jasprit Bumrah, Khaleel Ahmed, Mohammed Shami

India squad for T20I series against New Zealand: Virat Kohli (capt), Rohit Sharma (v/c), KL Rahul, Shikhar Dhawan, Rishabh Pant, Dinesh Karthik, Kedar Jadhav, MS Dhoni (wk), Hardik Pandya, Krunal Pandya, Kuldeep Yadav, Yuzvendra Chahal, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Jasprit Bumrah, Khaleel Ahmed