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Raina returns, no place for Yuvi in ODI series vs New Zealand

Last updated on: October 06, 2016 18:55 IST

Senior off-spinner R Ashwin, pacer Mohammed Shami and all-rounder Ravindra Jadeja rested

Indian ODI team

IMAGE: The Indian cricket team. Photograph: Michael Steele/Getty Images

Middle-order batsman Suresh Raina made a comeback to the team fold after the newly appointed senior selection committee announced their India squad for the five-match ODI series against New Zealand, in New Delhi, on Thursday.

The team announced is for the first 3 ODIs.

Veteran Yuvraj Singh did not find a spot in the team that will be led by ODI skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni.

Haryana off-spinner Jayant Yadav was the lone new face in India's 15-member ODI squad for the first three games of a five-match series against New Zealand starting October 16.

Senior off-spinner R Ashwin, pacer Mohammed Shami and all-rounder Ravindra Jadeja were rested.

Medium pacer Jasprit Bumrah, batsman Mandeep Singh and Kedar Jadhav were included in the squad announced by new Chairman of selectors M S K Prasad after a meeting of the committee in New Delhi.

India ODI captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni (far right) at the selection committee meeting in Neww Delhi on Thursday

IMAGE: India ODI captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni (far right) at the selection committee meeting in New Delhi on Thursday. Photograph: BCCI/Twitter

Paceman Umesh Yadav was also brought back into the team after missing the Zimbabwe tour.

The team had no place for left-handed opener Gautam Gambhir, who had forced his way back into the Test team after some solid knocks in the domestic circuit.

Prasad said Gambhir's name was discussed but "we needed continuity and we groomed Mandeep as an opener. He did extremely well against Australia A Down Under."

The selection committee chief said that the trio of Ashwin, Shami and Jadeja was rested keeping in mind the long home season that awaits India, during the side is scheduled to play 13 Test matches. All three are regulars in India's Test squad.

The first match of the series will be held at Dharamsala (October 16), followed by games in Delhi (October 20), Mohali (October 23), Ranchi (October 26), and Visakhapatnam (October 29).

Team: MS Dhoni(Capt), Rohit Sharma, Ajinkya Rahane, Virat Kohli, Manish Pandey, Suresh Raina, Hardik Pandya, Axar Patel, Jayant Yadav, Amit Mishra, Jaspreet Bumrah, Dhawal Kulkarni, Umesh Yadav, Mandeep, KedarJadhav.

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