Kohli, whose side recently lost a five-Test series in England 4-1, said: "The Dukes ball is the most suited ball according to me in Test match cricket, and if there is a situation I would vouch for it to be used all over the world because of the consistency". The five-match ODI series starts on 21 October in Guwahati, before the action shifts to Visakhapatnam, Pune, Mumbai, and Thiruvananthapuram. Mohammed Shami, who last played an ODI in 2017 against Australia, has been recalled to the squad. "We are looking for a third pacer, and preferably a fourth in England", chairman of selectors MSK Prasad said on Thursday after announcing the 14-member squad. Both played the Asia Cup but were rested for the Test series against Windies. "We've made a decision to rotate our players so that we can avoid break downs", Prasad said.
Dinesh Karthik, on the other hand, was axed after a dismal performance in the Asia Cup. "We have given a few opportunities to Karthik". The squad marks the return of regular skipper Virat Kohli, who skipped the Asia Cup that India won under the stand-in captaincy of Rohit Sharma.
Ambati Rayudu and MS Dhoni will play for Hyderabad and Jharkhand respectively in the knockout phase of the Vijay Hazare Trophy beginning on October 14, he said. "Hardik won't be ready before the second week of November", Prasad said. Chahar and Kaul had been injury replacements for Pandya and Shardul Thakur in the Asia Cup.
India's Playing XI for Hyderabad Test: Virat Kohli (captain), Lokesh Rahul, Prithvi Shaw, Cheteshwar Pujara, Ajinkya Rahane, Rishabh Pant (wicketkeeper), Ravichandran Ashwin, Ravindra Jadeja, Kuldeep Yadav, Mohammed Shami, Umesh Yadav, Shardul Thakur.