Friday 25 November 2011 

Dhoni And Tendulkar Rested For Opening ODIs

Dhoni And Tendulkar Rested For Opening ODIs
Dhoni And Tendulkar Rested For Opening ODIs
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Indian captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni and batsman Sachin Tendulkar have been rested for the first three One-Day Internationals against the West Indies.

With Dhoni absent from the matches in Cuttack, Visakhapatnam and Ahmedabad, Virender Sehwag will captain the side with Parthiv Patel taking over the gloves.

Yuvraj Singh has also withdrawn from the squad for the series which begins on 29th November.

"Sachin Tendulkar has been rested. Mahendra Singh Dhoni has been rested for the series. Yuvraj Singh was not considered for selection, as he has informed that he is not fully fit," a statement from the Indian board (BCCI) read.

Yuvraj and Tendulkar's absence offer an opportunity for the likes of Rohit Sharma, Manoj Tiwary and Ajinkya Rahane to press their claims and in the absence of Harbhajan Singh and Pragyan Ojha, uncapped leg-spinner Rahul Sharma will also be aiming to impress.

India ODI squad: Virender Sehwag (captain), Gautam Gambhir, Virat Kohli, Ajinkya Rahane, Suresh Raina, Rohit Sharma, Manoj Tiwary, Ravindra Jadeja, Parthiv Patel, Ravichandran Ashwin, Praveen Kumar, Ranganath Vinay Kumar, Umesh Yadav, Varun Aaron, Rahul Sharma

Series Schedule

29th November: 1st ODI, Cuttack
2nd December: 2nd ODI, Visakhapatnam
5th December: 3rd ODI, Ahmedabad
8th December: 4th ODI, Indore
11th December: 5th ODI, Chennai

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