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Published: Tue, October 17, 2017
Sport | By Billy Aguilar

Four is great for me, says Dinesh Karthik

Four is great for me, says Dinesh Karthik

Surprisingly, Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) included Tamil Nadu's Dinesh Karthik in India's One-Day International (ODI) squad for the upcoming series against New Zealand, against who the play a three ODIs starting October 22. However, Rahul hadn't played a single game in the tour.

K.L. Rahul - who was in the squad for the five-match ODI series against Australia - missed out.

The Tamil Nadu wicketkeeper-batsman, principally selected for his batting credentials these days, was picked in the Twenty20 series against Australia but did not get a game. However, KL Rahul has been left out.

Shikhar Dhawan and Rohit Sharma will be the first-choice openers with Ajinkya Rahane also being there. The one and only Rahul Dravid said to me he told his team that he'd just witnessed one of the best legspin displays in Indian conditions. In their absence, wrist spinners Yuzvendra Chahal and Kuldeep Yadav and left-arm spinner Akshar Patel have given a good account of themselves. The New Zealand series might just have been the flawless platform to launch the carom-ball expert back into attack again. India's frontline spinners in Tests - R Ashwin and Ravindra Jadeja - were also not part of the squad which meant the spin trio of Yuzvendra Chahal, Kuldeep Yadav and Axar Patel was retained.

New Zealand will travel to India next week and will play three ODIs and three T20Is. Ross Taylor and Worker will return to New Zealand following the conclusion of the ODIs. If India has to keep a regular wicket-taking bowler in the 2019 World Cup squad, Jadeja should be playing a lot more cricket than he is now.

Karthik and Thakur's inclusion paired with Rahul, Shami and Umesh Yadav's exclusion points towards the rotation policy undertaken by the national selection committee.

Queried about his favourite batting slot, Karthik said, "Obviously, four is a great position for me".

Meanwhile, an ODI call-up continues to elude Shreyas Iyer despite his impressive run of form.

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