After some disastrous performances against Australia, Ishant Sharma and R. Vinay Kumar have lost their places to Dhawal Kulkarni and Mohit Sharma for the upcoming ODIs against the West Indies.
It’s Kulkarni’s first call to the Indian team while Mohit had made his ODI debut on the recent tour of Zimbabwe. Their performances in the recent Ranji Trophy in Lahli game were noticeable: Kulkarni shared a match-winning partnership with Sachin Tendulkar, whose wicket had been claimed by Haryana's Mohit in the first innings. In pace-friendly and cold conditions, the two delivered with both bat and ball in this game.
Both Ishant and Vinay received great criticism for their bowling in what was a high-scoring series with Australia. While bowlers from both sides fared poorly due to great batting conditions and the four-fielder rule, Ishant and Vinay were singled out for criticism due to their inability to control their line and length and bowl yorkers.
Ishant conceded 30 runs in an over in the Mohali ODI, letting a sure victory slip out of India’s hands. Later in the series, Vinay became the first Indian bowler to concede over a hundred runs in an ODI in Bangalore.
Kulkarni is coming into the team after some good performances. Against New Zealand ‘A’, he took six wickets in two First Class fixtures, following that up with five wickets in two one-day games. He took four more wickets in the West Indies ‘A’ game in Hubli before a game-saving effort against Haryana in Lahli.
Yuvraj Singh and Suresh Raina have retained their places despite some poor performances. In the Australia series, Yuvraj scored 7, 0, 0 and 12 in his four outings. Raina struggled immensely against short-pitched bowling, making 39, 17, 16 and 28 in the same series. He has, however, had a good week scoring 123 and 65 in a Ranji game against Baroda.
Ravindra Jadeja, who had not played the Kolkata Test, will return to the team. Mohammad Shami and Amit Mishra have retained their places as well as did Ambati Rayudu and Jayadev Unadkat.
Like Mohit, Rayudu had made his India debut on the Zimbabwe tour but only warmed the bench during the Australia series. Unadkat, who made his ODI debut in Zimbabwe, impressed with eight wickets in five games. He played the one game against Australia in Ranchi and hasn't had another chance.
The West Indies series will see ODIs in Kochi, Vizag and Kanpur. Shortly afterwards, India will depart for South Africa while the West Indies will tour New Zealand.
Squad: MS Dhoni (capt), Shikhar Dhawan, Rohit Sharma, Virat Kohli, Yuvraj Singh, Suresh Raina, Ravindra Jadeja, R Ashwin, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Mohammed Shami, Ambati Rayudu, Amit Mishra, Jaydev Unadkat, Dhawal Kulkarni, Mohit Sharma.