Lokesh Rahul was left out along with pacers Mohammed Shami and Umesh Yadav. But more importantly, spinners Ravichandran Ashwin and Ravindra Jadeja have once again been ignored by the selectors while naming the 15-member squad.
While Umesh took fouor for 71 in the fourth ODI against Australia in Bengaluru, Shami conceded 62 runs in that match, which Australia won by 21 runs.
The 32-year-old Karthik was recalled for a ODI match in Antigua after almost three-and-a-half years.
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Similarly, Brighton have also struggled for goals this season and the absence of Hemed through suspension does them no favours. We didn't have a normal pre-season, we had to play really fast, really competitive to qualify for Europe.
Ashwin and Jadeja last played in a limited-overs series against West Indies earlier this year. We will see how it goes [as far as his batting position is concerned]. Dhawan, however, made a comeback in the T20I series against the Aussies.Rahul failed to get a single game in the recently concluded 5-match ODI series against Australia, with Ajinkya Rahane opening the innings along with Rohit Sharma.
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. The duo hasn't played for India since the Test series in Sri Lanka two months ago.
Talking about team selection, official concludes, "When somebody comes into the team, if he comes with a lot of runs, he will come with better confidence and will have a better chance of doing well". India is looking to clean sweep the New Zealand matches. The other middle-order batsmen -, Manish Pandeyand Kedar Jadhav - however have retained their places in the squad.