The Indian squad for the fourth and fifth ODIs of the New Zealand series were announced today with no changes from the squad from the first three ODIs. Suresh Raina continues to miss out on his place due to fever, while the confidence from the 3rd ODI has allowed the fringe players an extended run.
The MSK Prasad-led committee of selectors
While Suresh Raina appears to have not recovered in time from viral fever, the surprising move has been the choice to not add an opener. Both the openers Rohit Sharma and Ajinkya Rahane have failed to impress in the three matches, and Shikhar Dhawan, who was expected to return to his place at the top, has failed to make a comeback into the team.
Squad: MS Dhoni, Virat Kohli, Rohit Sharma, Ajinkya Rahane, Mandeep Singh, Manish Pandey, Suresh Raina, Kedar Jadhav, Jayant Yadav, Hardik Pandya, Axar Patel, Jasprit Bumrah, Umesh Yadav, Dhawal Kulkarni, Amit Mishra
The other surprise has been the retention of Axar Patel, who has picked only 1 wicket in the 3 matches.