"It is not the end of Dhoni in T20Is", chief selector MSK Prasad was quoted as saying.
On Friday, the BCCI made a surprise announcement of dropping MS Dhoni from India's squads for the T20I series against West Indies and Australia. The first T-20I will be played on November 4 in Kolkata.
India have played a total of 104 T20I matches since the format's debut in 2006 and Dhoni has been part of 93 of those matches. Prasad said that there is no other all-rounder of Pandya's calibre right now in India and thus no fast-bowler all-rounder has been picked for the Australia Test series. Additionally, he has taken 54 catches and executed 33 stumpings. Little wonder then that the decision to keep him out of the upcoming T20Is against West Indies and Australia has left supporters absolutely fuming.
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Hardik Pandya was also missing from both squads.
India are expected to play both Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Jasprit Bumrah in this clash after they were named in the 15-man squad for the final three ODIs. Virat Kohli will return to take the reins when the team begins its tour of Australia three weeks later. Unlike Vijay, Shikhar Dhawan was dropped for the Tests his indifferent spell in England.
For the three-match T20I series against West Indies - Shikhar Dhawan, K. L. Rahul, Dinesh Karthik, Manish Pandey, Shreyas Iyer, Rishabh Pant (wicketkeeper), Krunal Pandya, Washington Sundar, Yuzvendra Chahal, Kuldeep Yadav, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Jasprit Bumrah, Khaleel Ahmed, Umesh Yadav and Shahbaz Nadeem.
For the T20Is against West Indies, five non-regular suspects were included in the squad - Shreyas Iyer, Washington Sundar, Krunal Pandya, Khaleel Ahmed, and Shahbaz Nadeem.
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Another significant comeback in the Test side is Parthiv Patel as the second keeper alongside Pant.
Virat Kohli (C), M Vijay, KL Rahul, Prithvi Shaw, Cheteshwar Pujara, Ajinkya Rahane, Hanuma Vihari, Rohit Sharma, Rishabh Pant, Parthiv Patel, R Ashwin, Ravindra Jadeja, Kuldeep Yadav, Mohammed Shami, Ishant, Umesh Yadav, Jasprit Bumrah, Bhuvneshwar Kumar.
Rohit had also captained in the ODI series against Sri Lanka in 2017 and the recently-concluded Asia Cup, with India winning all series under his captaincy.
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