INDvsWI: Kohli back, Pant picked up for first 2 ODIs

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Indian Cricket team has announced an unchanged 12-man squad for the Hyderabad Test against Windies which will be final one of the Test series.

Fast bowler Mohammed Shami, who last played an ODI over a year ago, was added to the pace attack.

Kolkata Knight Riders' skipper Dinesh Karthik has been axed from the national team after his back-to-back flop shows in England and in the recently concluded Asia Cup 2018. Notably, he had played all the matches in the Asia Cup. He was ruled out in between the Asia Cup after a back injury.

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However, the primary bone of contention will be whether the selectors and the team management will at least agree on having a cover batsman for Dhoni, whose wicketkeeping remains sharp but batting form has been on the slide. The spin attack was retained, with Kuldeep Yadav and Yuzvendra Chahal completing the trio.

As expected wicketkeeper batsman Rishabh Pant has made the 14-member squad as a second fiddle to MS Dhoni.

The search for a solid No. 4 continues though with Manish Pandey and Ambati Rayudu likely to get chances to stake their claim during the West Indies series.

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India and Windies will be locking horns in the five-match ODI series after the conclusion of the ongoing Test series. However, the selectors have chosen to rest the first choice fast bowling pair of Jasprit Bumrah and Bhuvneshwar Kumar.

Mohammed Shami makes a return with Khaleel Ahmed and Shardul Thakur retaining their spots.

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