Karthik, Thakur return to India's ODI squad

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However, KL Rahul has been left out.

Like Ashwin and Jadeja, Umesh and Shami too won't feature in the ODI series against New Zealand. He later made his return for the three-T20I contest against the Aussies, which ended 1-1 after the third and final match was washed out without a ball being bowled in Hyderabad.

India are scheduled to play three ODIs against the Kiwis - October 22 in Mumbai, October 25 in Pune and October 29 in Kanpur.

With Rishabh Pant not among the runs recently - he had an underwhelming series with the India A team in South Africa and didn't exactly set the stage ablaze in the Duleep Trophy - Karthik has jumped ahead of him in the queue. We will see how it goes [as far as his batting position is concerned].

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He also stressed the fact that the team management is trying to rotate the players and the inclusion of Karthik is the part of the process to find an ideal no. 4 for the team. We are open to different combinations and options.

George Worker was the best of the New Zealand batsmen, scoring 175 runs over four innings at an average of 43.75 but his side struggled against the spin of Karn Sharma and Shahbaz Nadeem, who topped India's bowling figures.

Meanwhile, an ODI call-up continues to elude Shreyas Iyer despite his impressive run of form. The other middle-order batsmen -, Manish Pandeyand Kedar Jadhav - however have retained their places in the squad.

"Ish Sodhi and Tom Bruce will travel with the squad for the ODIs, having been named in the Twenty20 squad".

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