Bangalore, Oct 4: Uncapped young left-arm chinaman bowler Kuldeep Yadav has been included in the Indian ODI team for the West Indies series which starts in Kochi on October 8. Offspinner R Ashwin has been rested while Karn Sharma and Sanju Samson, who were part of the team in England, have been dropped.
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The selectors picked a 14-man squad for the first three ODIs, here today. It is a five-match rubber against the visitors. Also dropped from the squad are all-rounder Stuart Binny and Dhawal Kulkarni, who were in England. Rohit Sharma has not been included as he is injured. Legspinner Amit Mishra has earned a recall.
Kuldeep, the Uttar Pradesh boy, has impressed in the Champions League T20 (CLT20), playing for Kolkata Knight Riders. The 19-year-old is yet to play List A matches (50-overs) in senior cricket. He has featured in only 8 Twenty20s. He has played India Under-19 and was a part of the World Cup squad.
Indian Squad for first 3 ODIs
MS Dhoni (captain), Shikhar Dhawan, Ajinkya Rahane, Virat Kohli, Suresh Raina, Ambati Rayudu, Ravindra Jadeja, Amit Mishra, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Mohammed Shami, Mohit Sharma, Umesh Yadav, Murali Vijay and Kuldeep Yadav.
Dropped - Stuart Binny, Sanju Samson, Karn Sharma, Dhawal Kulkarni
Rested - R Ashwin
Injured - Rohit Sharma
ODI Schedule (All day/night) - 2.30 PM IST start
October 8 (Wednesday) - 1st match - Kochi
October 11 (Saturday) - 2nd match - Delhi
October 14 (Tuesday) - 3rd match - Visakhapatnam
October 17 (Friday) - 4th match - Dharamsala
October 20 (Monday) - 5th match - Kolkata