Published: Mon, December 24, 2018
Sport | By Kayla Schwartz

MS Dhoni returns to India's T20I squad for New Zealand tour

MS Dhoni returns to India's T20I squad for New Zealand tour

Wicket-keeper batsman Mahendra Singh Dhoni has made a comeback to the T20I squad after being dropped for the series against West Indies.

The All-India Senior Selection Committee on Monday announced the Indian squad for the upcoming One-Day International (ODI) series against Australia.

The three-match T20I series against New Zealand begins February 6.

The selection committee of the Board of Control for Cricket in India also announced full strength squads for the one-day worldwide series against Australia and New Zealand.

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While Dhoni's inclusion in the shortest format came as a surprise after he was dropped for the Australia leg just last month, Pant's omission is an indication that he is now not in the team management's 2019 World Cup radar as a first XI player. Delhi keeper Rishabh Pant and Dinesh Karthik did the keeping in his absence. Pandya's return means that Manish Pandey, who was part of the 4th & 5th ODI squad against the Windies, will miss out while veteran Karthik will replace Pant in the 50-over squad.

India will play three-match ODI series against Australia with the first ODI scheduled at Sydney on the 15th of next month. He, however, remains missing from the T20I squad.

Fast bowler Umesh Yadav finds himself out of both the ODI and T20I squads. Kedar Jadhav and Krunal Pandya have also been picked and Shikhar Dhawan also find a spot in the squad.

The pacers would be Khaleel Ahmed, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Jasprit Bumrah and the all rounder's role will be played by Hardik Pandya.

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