West Indies in India 2013-14 November 12, 2013

Dhawal Kulkarni in India ODI squad, Ishant dropped

ESPNcricinfo staff

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.

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  • Suren on November 19, 2013, 7:03 GMT

    @green_track_boasters: Nope you smelled me at the wrong place ... I am Bharat Indians fan. And btw .. Rahane got 17 chances ... which were not utilized properly. There were n-number of players on domestic circuit who scored heavily but could not make it to Indian-XI on a regular basis. Ex: Amol Muzumdar, Kanitkar, Brijesh Patel, Ajay Sharma, Wasim Jaffer and more recently Badrinath. If talent is not a major criteria then Rahane, should have been in the team even before Rohit Sharma. But that is not the case. Again let me be clear, I hope Rahane grabs it with both his hands when his chance comes .. for now RAYUDU is a better player then RAHANE.#peace ... Debate ends here .. cheers ... cricinfo please publish.

  • Sivakumar on November 17, 2013, 19:14 GMT

    Good Selection.. Team India Future Players Mandeep Singh/Robin Bist/Aparajith/Sanju Samson/Rishi Dhawan/Mohit Sharma/Harmeet Singh/Sandeep Sharma/Chand/SS Tiwary/Ishwar Pandey.

    Where are Umesh Yadhav and Varun Aaron ?

  • Dummy4 on November 17, 2013, 7:33 GMT

    yes the selection of the selectors is good and I am also happy to see yuvraj in the squad

  • Al on November 15, 2013, 16:50 GMT

    BCCI could have given a C level contract to fringe players like Parvez Rasool, Rishi Dhawan, Ishwar Pandey, etc. They are the future of India - not Ishant Sharma and Suresh Raina.

  • Dummy4 on November 15, 2013, 6:04 GMT

    Good selection from Indian selectors as Ishant Sharma was sloppy during the ODI series against Australia. India should try out young cricketers to further improve their side. Yes, a very good move.

  • Amit on November 14, 2013, 3:21 GMT

    West Indians would love to play Kulkarni's pace...they grew up on this type breakfast....1/40, 2/46, 3/60, 1/38, 2/41 are his figures in last five matches...yup West Indian batsmen are already nervous thinking of facing him...yup.

  • AbdulHameed on November 13, 2013, 19:01 GMT

    Good the selectors have dropped Ishant Sharma. He should now play in Ranji Trophy and get his rhythm back and then try to become the spearhead of Indian attack.

  • Aneep on November 13, 2013, 17:37 GMT

    Why has Dinesh Karthik been over looked? Thought he played and performed well when Dhoni had rest recently? raina seems to be having a much longer run

  • HNL on November 13, 2013, 17:25 GMT

    The two new faces in seam and swing department are the most heart warming aspect of this selection, as is the choice of the other two in this group. Not so sure if Unadkat has been picked just for variety sake. I can't see him performing great feats unless he can crank up the speeds to hit at least 135 kph consistently if not 140. He should know that he is replacing someone of the class of Zaheer Khan. This should be really the FINAL CHANCE for Raina and Yuvraj, they have had enough of the long rope and can make way for promising youngsters like Rahane, Tiwary, and Rayudu.

  • san on November 13, 2013, 16:28 GMT

    Team looks good except....

    You cannot have all four of the following in the final X1 - only two at a time and rotate..

    Batsmen who can bowl --> Yuvi, Raina Bowlers who can bat --> Ashwin, Jadeja

    We need to use these as alrounders.. and fill the rest of the team with specialists....