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Ashish Nehra, Dinesh Karthik return for T20I series; Ajinkya Rahane dropped

India play Australia in a three-match T20I series starting on October 7. Shikhar Dhawan has been included in place of Ajinkya Rahane.

By: Express Web Desk | Updated: October 2, 2017 11:25 am
india vs australia, india t20i squad, india vs australia t20i, Ashish Nehra makes a comeback into the Indian squad. (Source: AP)

Ashish Nehra and Dinesh Karthik have been included in the Indian squad that play Australia in a three-match T20I series. Also in the squad is Shikhar Dhawan, who could not be part of the ODI series as he had to tend to his ailing wife. Ajinkya Rahane has been dropped which means Dhawan will be opening alongwith Rohit Sharma.

Dhawan has been India’s first choice opener in ODI cricket but Rahane has had a successful ODI series in that position against Australia. In the five matches he played, Rahane failed to score in the first but went on to get half centuries in all the matches since. He ends the series as India’s second highest run scorer in the series.

Nehra’s last international appearance came in February. It was in a T20I against England but has since missed out on the West Indies and Sri Lanka T20Is. Shardul Thakur, who was in the squad for the ODIs has also not been included in the T20Is. Apart from these, Ravindra Jadeja and Ravichandran Ashwin remain absent from the squad. Jadeja was made part of the ODI squad when Axar Patel got injured but was dropped after the latter returned. Jadeja also did not play in any of the five ODIs.

Squad:  Virat Kohli (C), Rohit Sharma (VC), Shikhar Dhawan, KL Rahul, Manish Pandey, Kedar Jadhav, Dinesh Karthik, MS Dhoni(wk), Hardik Pandya, Kuldeep Yadav, Yuzvendra Chahal, Jasprit Bumrah, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Ashish Nehra, Axar Patel.

 

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    Yashvardhan
    Oct 2, 2017 at 2:25 pm
    Rahana is any time better player than Karthik and Manish Pandey or even compare to Dhawan Or Jadhav but always get side line even after good performance. he is never extra baggage , people will see the difference openers will not give good start.
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      B
      Oct 2, 2017 at 10:18 am
      Where is Raina? He is the IPLs poster boy run scorer and a superb T20 player! Surely, he has done enough against Australia too!
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        Col.Sandhu
        Oct 2, 2017 at 8:13 am
        An entertainment that is cricket besides few countries play it. India should invest in genuine sports and become a global sports power.
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          Praveen
          Oct 2, 2017 at 6:18 am
          Rahane was an excess baggage in the team. while experienced Nehra's inclusion is welcomes, Rishabh Pant's omission remains a mystery! Pant has already proved his worth ion numerous occasions. The time is to fill the young blood in the team.
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            srs
            Oct 2, 2017 at 3:07 am
            Dinesh Karthick is much better than Manish Pandey. He was always given a stepmotherly treatment. He was not given a chance in champions trophy. Even in West Indies they made him a mere passenger. Previously he was dropped after bein the man of match in the Asia Cup finals. Dinesh Karthick besides being a great batsman is also a brilliant fielder and a wicket keeper. In 2007 T20 World Cup he took a blinder of a catch to. Dismiss Graeme Smithhi
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              Parnav
              Oct 2, 2017 at 3:13 am
              Dk horrible batting average 27.48 average in ODI and in t20i 21.43
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