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Fazal, Chahal included in Indian squad for Zimbabwe tour

MS Dhoni (left) will lead the side in Zimbabwe
MS Dhoni (left) will lead the side in Zimbabwe
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Indian selectors have named Vidarbha batsman Faiz Fazal in a 16-man squad for the One-Day International and Twenty20 series to be played in Zimbabwe.

Fazal scored a match-winning 127 while representing Rest of India in the Irani Cup game against Mumbai in March to help his team chase down 482 in the fourth innings.

The 30-year-old has scored 5,341 runs from 79 first-class games at an average of 40.15 while in his 64 appearances in List A games, he has scored 2,037 runs and is also the only player in the squad without an Indian Premier League contract.

Lokesh Rahul, Karun Nair, Ambati Rayudu and Manish Pandey will form the core of batting after their impressive performances in the IPL while Royal Challengers Bangalore duo Mandeep Singh and Kedar Jadhav are also included.

Mahendra Singh Dhoni will remain the only senior player in the squad and will lead the side in both formats while with the exception of Jasprit Bumrah, the other players who featured in the recent ICC World Twenty20 for India are either rested or dropped.

Dhawal Kulkarni, Bumrah, and Barinder Sran will form the pace department along with Jaydev Unadkat while Axar Patel, Yuzvendra Chahal and Jayant Yadav will comprise the spin department.

Patel was the only bowler to claim a hat-trick in the ongoing IPL while leg-spinner Chahal is currently the leading wicket-taker in the tournament with 20 scalps from 11 matches.

India's tour of Zimbabwe comprises three ODIs, as many T20Is and is set to kick off on 11th June with all six games scheduled to be played in Harare.

India squad for ODI and T20I series against Zimbabwe:

MS Dhoni (captain and wicket-keeper), KL Rahul, Faiz Fazal, Manish Pandey, Karun Nair, Ambati Rayudu, Rishi Dhawan, Axar Patel, Jayant Yadav, Dhawal Kulkarni, Jasprit Bumrah, Barinder Sran, Mandeep Singh, Kedar Jadhav, Jaydev Unadkat, Yuzvendra Chahal

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