Dhawal Kulkarni in India ODI squad, Ishant dropped

Gill Saab

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Mumbai pace bowler Dhawal Kulkarni has earned a maiden national limited-overs call-up, being picked in India's 15-man squad for the one-dayers against West Indies. Ishant Sharma and Vinay Kumar, who had forgettable series against Australia last month, have been dropped.

Allrounder Ravindra Jadeja, who was rested for the preceding Test series to allow him the chance to recover from a shoulder niggle, is back. Yuvraj Singh, who also had a very poor one-day series against Australia, retains his place.

Haryana seamer Mohit Sharma, who featured in the second-string squad that played in Zimbabwe in August, has also been included. Mohit showed good touch in the first two rounds of the Ranji Trophy; he has seven wickets from two games, having extracted swing from the helpful Lahli track and claimed the prize wicket of Sachin Tendulkar in his final domestic game, as well as contributing with the bat when his team was in trouble.

Kulkarni had played in the same Lahli match and picked up three wickets. He was part of the India A squad that played New Zealand in Visakhapatnam in August-September, and claimed five wickets from two List A games there.

Ishant and Vinay were both battered during the high-scoring Australia one-dayers. While that was the case with most of the bowlers in the series, the manner in which they bowled, repeatedly erring in their lengths and lines, brought them much criticism. The duo was the most expensive among specialist bowlers from both sides, both with an economy rate a shade under eight. The lowlight for Ishant was the Mohali match, in which he was taken for 30 runs in an over by James Faulkner, with India losing the game when they looked to be on course for a victory.

In that batsman dominated series, Yuvraj produced his worst series stats in one-dayers, scoring 19 runs in four innings with a high score of 12. On comeback to the Indian team, however, in the one-off Twenty20 that was played before the ODIs, he had hit a match-winning, unbeaten 77 to propel India in a stiff chase.

Squad: MS Dhoni (capt), Shikhar Dhawan, Rohit Sharma, Virat Kohli, Yuvraj Singh, Suresh Raina, Ravindra Jadeja, R Ashwin, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Mohammed Shami, Ambati Rayudu, Amit Mishra, Jaydev Unadkat, Dhawal Kulkarni, Mohit Sharma

In: Dhawal Kulkarni, Mohit Sharma
Out: Ishant Sharma, Vinay Kumar


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Pollard rested from India ODIs
West Indies all-rounder, Kieron Pollard will sit out the ODI leg of the India tour because of an injury. To add salt to the wounds for the touring side, their premier fast bowler, Kemar Roach will also miss out on the three-match series, which commences from the 21st of November in Kochi.

Kieran Powell, Veerasammy Permaul and Narsingh Deonarine have earned a recall after being sidelined for the tri-series against India and Sri Lanka. The three of them had gained valuable experience of the Indian conditions as part of the touring West Indies A team.

West Indies have also included Ravi Rampaul and Denesh Ramdin in the squad. The former had to sit out of the home series against Pakistan after suffering an ankle injury in the tri-series against India and Sri Lanka.

West Indies have not had the best year in ODI cricket having won just seven out of 20 matches in 2013. They have been beaten on all five occasions away from home.

Roach out of India tour
Kemar Roach, the premier fast bowler of the West Indies will miss the remainder of the tour to India with a shoulder injury. He has been replaced by Shannon Gabriel who will join the squad ahead of the second Test which gets underway from the 14th of November in Mumbai.

Roach, who also sat out the first Test in Kolkata due to the injury, will take no further part on the tour. "We're sad to announce that Kemar has to return home to the Caribbean and will not have an opportunity on this tour, where we felt he could have made a major difference," West Indies head coach, Ottis Gibson, said.

Roach's injury is a rare one for a cricketer as suggested by his physiotherapist, CJ Clark. "Kemar has not made the expected recovery from the shoulder injury that kept him out of the first Test," Clark said. "He is returning to the Caribbean for ongoing management and subsequent physical rehabilitation."

Squad: Dwayne Bravo (capt), Tino Best, Darren Bravo, Johnson Charles, Narsingh Deonarine, Chris Gayle, Jason Holder, Sunil Narine, Veerasammy Permaul, Kieran Powell, Denesh Ramdin, Ravi Rampaul, Darren Sammy, Marlon Samuels, Lendl Simmons