The Indian selectors could have a bit of a headache selecting a fixed number of players in the Indian squad touring Australia for the four-match Test series, as they have faced a lot of criticism in the past for their team selection.
The Board of Control for Cricket in India on Thursday named the final 14-member squad for the first two One Day International (ODI) matches against the West Indies.
The visitors will come in to the game with the return of their regular captain Jason Holder and lead pacer Kemar Roach which will add some confidence to the side after a humiliating defeat in Rajkot.
Dinesh Karthik was left out of the squad to make way for Pant, and allrounders Kedar Jadhav and Hardik Pandya had not yet recovered from their injuries.
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It is never easy for a visiting side to change the course of a two-match series after a disastrous start in India. Khaleel Ahmed has also been included on the back of some good performances at the recently concluded Asia Cup.
West Indies captain Jason Holder won the toss and made a decision to bat first against Indian the second test of the two-match series on Friday. He was ruled out in between the Asia Cup after a back injury.
Shardul Thakur who was the 12th man in Rajkot might receive his maiden cap if Mohammad Shami looks un fit a he had some side strain problem in Rajkot.
Ravindra Jadeja too keeps his place. However, 33-year-old Dinesh Karthik, who failed to capitalise his opportunity in the Asia Cup, misses out. Shikhar Dhawan, KL Rahul, Ambati Rayudu, and Manish Pandey complete India's batting line-up.