Akshar Patel included for remaining WI ODIs
Akshar Patel, the Gujarat and Kings XI Punjab left-arm spinner, has been added as the 15th member to an otherwise unchanged India squad for the remaining two ODIs against West Indies. Akshar, along with Manish Pandey, has also been included in the 14-man squad for the only T20 international that follows the ODIs.
Suresh Raina, who hasn’t played Tests since August 2012, will lead the Board President’s side in the three-day match in Kanpur before the Test series. Rohit Sharma, who has been sidelined since the England tour in August with a finger injury, is also part of the squad for the Kanpur game, as is young chinaman bowler Kuldeep Yadav.
Akshar, who has played three ODIs, made his India debut against Bangladesh in June following a strong IPL season. He was the second-most successful spinner in the recent Champions League T20 behind Sunil Narine with eight wickets from five
at an economy-rate of 6.15.
Pandey, the first Indian to make a century in the IPL, is yet to make his international debut. He has featured in every season of the IPL so far and made 2373 runs from 106 T20s at an average of 26.96 and a strike-rate of 116.43.
India ODI squad MS Dhoni (capt & wk), Shikhar Dhawan, Ajinkya Rahane, Virat Kohli, Suresh Raina, Ambati Rayudu, Ravindra Jadeja, Amit Mishra, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Mohammed Shami, Ishant Sharma, Umesh Yadav, M Vijay, Kuldeep Yadav, Akshar Patel
India T20I squad MS Dhoni (capt & wk), Shikhar Dhawan, Ajinkya Rahane, Virat Kohli, Suresh Raina, Stuart Binny, Ravindra Jadeja, Akshar Patel, Karn Sharma, Bhuvneshwar Kumar , Mohammed Shami, Sanju Samson, Manish Pandey, Umesh Yadav
Board President’s squad Suresh Raina (captain), Jiwanjot Singh, KL Rahul, Naman Ojha, Rohit Sharma, Manoj Tiwary, Wriddhiman Saha, Karun Nair, Parvez Rasool, Pankaj Singh, Ishwar Pandey, Jasprit Bumrah, Karn Sharma, Kuldeep Yadav