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India ODI Squad for England Series Announced

Ajinkya Rahane Curious case of Rahane
Isaac Mcdaniel | 10 May, 2018, 14:05

Ambati Rayudu has been recalled into India's ODI squad for the tour of England following a sensational run in the Indian Premier League.

India team for ODI series against England: Virat Kohli (capt), Shikhar Dhawan, Rohit Sharma, KL Rahul, Shreyas Iyer, Ambati Rayudu, MS Dhoni (wk), Dinesh Karthik, Yuzvendra Chahal, Kuldeep Yadav, Washington Sundar, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Jasprit Bumrah, Hardik Pandya, Siddharth Kaul, Umesh Yadav.

Karun Nair was picked in the team as a replacement for Virat Kohli, who will be busy playing county cricket for Surrey in the month of June.

The last time team India toured England, they won the five-match ODI series by a 3-1 margin.

His place in India's ODI squad has often been debated, with critics pointing to his strike-rate and inability to hit the long shots easily and frequency, but the fact remains that Rahane has been in and out and not given a permanent spot. However, they strangely found themselves out of T20 squads for Ireland and England despite amassing 351 and 423 runs respectively in ongoing IPL season till date. "Ajinkya Rahane has missed out on the limited-overs squad". Opening the innings, Rahul has racked up 376 runs in nine innings for KXIP at a strike-rate of 162.77. Pant, 20, has carried the beleaguered Delhi Daredevils all IPL season with his eye-catching batting to the tune of 393 runs from 10 innings at a strike-rate of 173.12, the highest for all batsmen to play a minimum of 200 deliveries.

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Missing again are senior spin twins Ravichandran Ashwin and Ravindra Jadeja even as Washington Sundar, in and out of Kohli's Royal Challengers Bangalore team, pipped Mumbai Indians' Krunal Pandya for the third spinner's slot in both the ODI and T20 squads. There were also comments by Virat Kohli that Rahane merited a long run at No 4 keeping in mind the 2019 World Cup and the English conditions. Karun Nair (in the Test squad vs Afghanistan) is a bit of a surprise. He has rode back on his strong domestic performance.

Another Mumbaikar, Shardul Thakur, finds a place in the 15-man Test squad, while there is a comeback for Kuldeep Yadav, the left-arm chinaman bowler. BCCI will name the Test squad later.

Owing to a good showing with the ball, Umesh Yadav and Siddarth Kaul have also been included in the side.

"Shreyas Iyer is in the England ODI side which is a good decision".

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