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Captain Cool Dhoni Returns To T20I Series Against New Zealand

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| December 24 , 2018 , 19:56 IST

Former Indian captain and legendary wicket-keeper MS Dhoni returned to India's T20 squads as the selectors announced Team for the forthcoming ODI and T20I series against Australia and New Zealand.

Earlier, Dhoni's exclusion from T20I series came against West Indies and Australia came as a surprise. The BCCI also marked in the return of Mohammed Shami has been pulled in for ODI against both Australia and New Zealand.

Dinesh Karthik has been retained as the second wicket-keeper while Rishabh Pant has been named in the T20 squad for New Zealand but found no place in the ODI squads for the Australia and New Zealand series.

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According to media reports a BCCI official justified Dhoni's selection and said, "Since there are only eight ODIs (three against Australia and five against New Zealand), selectors want to give MS as much game time as possible (before the World Cup). Three T20Is means 11 international matches through the next one month."  

Manish Pandey was dropped from both the sides and KL Rahul has managed to retain his place. In the fast bowler's department, left-arm Khaleel Ahmed was preferred over Umesh Yadav

Here is the full list of players, India’s squad for ODI series against Australia and New Zealand: Virat (Capt), Rohit (vc), KL Rahul, Shikhar, Rayudu, DK, Kedar Jadhav, MS Dhoni (WK), Hardik Pandya, Kuldeep Yadav, Yuzvendra Chahal, Ravindra Jadeja, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Jasprit Bumrah, Khaleel Ahmed, Mohammed Shami.

India’s squad for T20I series against New Zealand: Virat(Capt), Rohit (VC), KL Rahul, Shikhar Dhawan, Rishabh Pant, Dinesh Karthik, Kedar Jadhav, MS Dhoni (WK), Hardik Pandya, Krunal Pandya, Kuldeep Yadav, Yuzvendra Chahal, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Jasprit Bumrah, Khaleel Ahmed.