Rishabh Pant gets call-up for first two ODIs as Virat Kohli returns

The first game will be played in Guwahati on October 21.

Mohammed Shami, Khaleel Ahmed, and Shardul Thakur have also been included in the Indian squad.

Virat Kohli, who was handed a rest for the Asia Cup 2018 in September, returns for the first two ODIs against West Indies. "That'll be among those people whom we are going to pick from now onwards, which also includes Umesh Yadav".

Rishabh Pant will be in line to make his ODI debut against Windies after he was picked by the selectors as a replacement of Dinesh Karthik.

Hardik Pandya and Kedar Jadhav have still not recovered from their injuries, though the latter could come back after the first two ODIs.

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Fast bowlers Deepak Chahar and Siddarth Kaul, who played one match each in the Asia Cup, were left out while left-arm quick Khaleel Ahmed retained his place. Kohli's performance against West Indies in the first Test hinted that the Run Machine is perfectly fit and he might not be inclined to take any further rest.

Pant's explosive hitting down the order along with Dhoni's poor run with the bat, might help the 20-year-old force his way into the side when the MSK Prasad-led selection committee sit in Hyderabad to select the squad on Thursday.

Axar Patel had also injured himself during the Asia Cup but his place was lost because of Ravindra Jadeja's successful comeback. "We've chose to rotate our players so that we can avoid break downs", Prasad said.

On KL Rahul, who returned to form at the fag end of the England series but failed to capitalise on a wicket in Rajkot where every other Indian batsmen made merry, Arun said the former is a "fantastic player" who should be persisted with. The last three ODIs are scheduled to be played in Pune, Mumbai and Thiruvananthapuram.

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