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Rahul, Shami, Umesh out; Karthik, Thakur included for NZ ODIs

Rahul, Shami, Umesh out; Karthik, Thakur included for NZ ODIs

SQUAD: Virat Kohli (c), Rohit Sharma, Shikhar Dhawan, Ajinkya Rahane, Manish Pandey, Kedar Jadhav, Dinesh Karthik, MS Dhoni (wk), Hardik Pandya, Axar Patel, Kuldeep Yadav, Yuzvendra Chahal, Jasprit Bumrah, Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Shardul Thakur.

Dinesh Karthik returns to the One-Day International fold for the three-match series against New Zealand, the BCCI announced on Saturday (October 14). Shardul Thakur and Shikhar Dhawan were also included in the 15-man squad announced, while KL Rahul, Mohammed Shami and Umesh Yadav were left out.

None of India’s Test bowling stars find a spot in the ODI set up. There are no spots in the squad for Umesh Yadav, Mohammed Shami, R Ashwin or R Jadeja, with Shardul Thakur finding favour alongside the four front-line bowlers who played against Australia – Bhuvneshwar, Bumrah, Chahal and Kuldeep.

Shami and Umesh got just the one game against Australia in Bangalore but were unable to retain their spots in the bowling setup.

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