Twitter Reactions: Selectors pick surprise names in the India ODI squad for New Zealand series

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Indian players celebrate a wicket. (Photo Source: BCCI)

This was their first test, the result would tell everyone the approach with which they were looking at things and if the immediate response is to be believed. MSK Prasad & Co. have passed it. Selecting their first squad after appointment for the first three ODIs between India and New Zealand the Indian selectors opted to retain the big batting names while giving rest to the two regular spinners.

Rohit Sharma, Ajinkya Rahane and Virat Kohli will lend strength to the batting order while Ravichandran Ashwin and Ravindra Jadeja have been rested considering the number of Tests the team will be playing this season.


Shikhar Dhawan and KL Rahul were unavailable for selections with their respective injuries while young Mandeep Singh who is yet to make his debut benefitted from it and has been included in the team. Another pair of uncapped players in off-spinner Jayant Yadav and all-rounder Hardik Pandya are also a part of the team.

Left-hander Suresh Raina has made a comeback and is a great chance for him to showcase performance worth reconsideration. He has missed out on recent limited-overs opportunities but chief selector Prasad believes that given Raina’s ability with the ball, he will be a crucial player for the team.

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The last ODI series that the team played was in Zimbabwe in June where MS Dhoni led a second string squad to make sure the young boys gain valuable experience though playing against a weaker opponent. The selectors have retained Mandeep, Jasprit Bumrah, Kedar Jadhav, Dhawal Kulkarni, Manish Pandey, Axar Patel and Jayant along with skipper Dhoni from that team which beat Zimbabwe 3-0.

Those who featured in the team in Zimbabwe but have been left out here are- Yuzvendra Chahal, Rishi Dhawan, Faiz Fazal, Karun Nair, Lokesh Rahul, Ambati Rayudu, Barinder Sran, Jaydev Unadkat.

Twitterati agreed with most of the selection calls made by the panel while a few of them seemed to have been expecting a recall for Yuvraj Singh but were left disappointed.

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Here is how Twitter reacted to the Indian squad selection: