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Rishabh Pant on Thursday earned a maiden call-up to the Indian ODI team, replacing Dinesh Karthik for the first two games against the West Indies.

Mohammed Shami, Khaleel Ahmed, and Shardul Thakur have also been included in the Indian squad.

"Of course Umesh Yadav is also part of our pool and as we are looking at a workload management strategy".

Ravindra Jadeja, who was drafted into the Asia Cup squad after an injury to Axar Patel, has kept his place as has left-arm pace bowler Khaleel Ahmed. Raina could have been the ideal No.6 batsman who can take up Jadhav's position for the West Indies series. However, 33-year-old Dinesh Karthik, who failed to capitalise his opportunity in the Asia Cup, misses out.

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Pant has been called up by the selectors, who also went ahead with MS Dhoni. Thanks to his brilliant performances in Tests, Ravindra Jadeja is all set to make a comeback in the ODI squad.

Earlier in the day, India announced a 12-member squad for the Hyderabad Test starting tomorrow, it was a surprise that Mayank Agarwal again does not get picked. In Pant, India have a chance to not only trial a new wicketkeeper in ODIs but also an explosive batsman in the middle order. Shikhar Dhawan, KL Rahul, Ambati Rayudu, and Manish Pandey complete India's batting line-up. "More than the runs he scored, the composure and the body language he showed are the kind of things we look for from a player", Arun said. "It's been in the debate for some time and we have really closed in on couple of names".

The five-match series begins in Guwahati on October 21. The last three ODIs are scheduled to be played in Pune, Mumbai and Thiruvananthapuram.

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