Kulkarni Called Up For West Indies ODIs

Dhawal Kulkarni
Dhawal Kulkarni has been named in India's ODI squad to play the West Indies - here he is in action for the Mumbai Indians
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Uncapped pace bowler Dhawal Kulkarni has been called up to India's squad for the three One-Day Internationals against the West Indies later this month.

Although India won their most recent series against Australia by three games to two, their fast bowlers in that series struggled badly at times and as a result Ishant Sharma and Ranganath Vinay Kumar have been dropped.

In 2009, just six months after his first-class debut, Kulkarni toured New Zealand with India but was not selected for any matches.

He has now played 57 first-class games and 40 one-day matches, taking 58 wickets in the shorter format at an average of 27.22 and economy rate of 5.01.

After impressing in the opening Test in Kolkata, Mohammad Shami and Bhuvneshwar Kumar retain their places in the squad while fellow quick bowler Mohit Sharma is recalled.

Mohit starred during the 2013 Indian Premier League for the Chennai Super Kings and made his ODI debut earlier this year, playing the fourth and fifth matches in Zimbabwe in August.

Having been ruled out of the two Tests against the West Indies with a shoulder injury, all-rounder Ravindra Jadeja is set for a swift return to action.

The first ODI is Kochi on 21st November, the second game is in Vishakapatnam three days later and the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) confirmed earlier this month that Kanpur will host the final match on 27th November.

India ODI squad: Mahendra Singh Dhoni (captain), Ravichandran Ashwin, Shikhar Dhawan, Ravindra Jadeja, Virat Kohli, Dhawal Kulkarni, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Amit Mishra, Suresh Raina, Ambati Rayudu, Mohammad Shami, Mohit Sharma, Rohit Sharma, Jaydev Unadkat, Yuvraj Singh

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Fixtures & Results

6th-10th November: 1st Test, Kolkata
IND 453 beat WIN 234 & 168 by an innings & 51 runs
14th-18th November, 2nd Test, Mumbai
IND 495 beat WIN 182 & 187 by an innings & 126 runs
21st November: 1st ODI, Kochi
IND 212-4 beat WIN 211 by 6 wickets
24th November: 2nd ODI, Vishakapatnam
WIN 289-8 beat IND 288-7 by 2 wickets
27th November: 3rd ODI, Kanpur
IND 266-5 beat WIN 263-5 by 5 wickets