With hardly 13 matches to be played till the 2019 ICC 50-over World Cup in England and Wales next year, the Indian selectors went with the tried and tested combinations for the ODIs even as Virat Kohli and the team management will aim to fix a few holes. The three T20 Internationals against Kiwis are lined up from February 6. The selection meeting was held over Skype with selection committee chairman MSK Prasad joining in from Australia. Dinesh Karthik and Rishabh Pant were both given opportunities to shine with the gloves behind the stumps but failed to leave a mark on the selectors which called for the comeback of the former Indian skipper.
Dhoni was rested from both the T20I squads that took on the West Indies at home and then against Australia last month, raising speculation about his future in the shortest format.
Yuzvendra Chahal, Kuldeep Yadav and Ravindra Jadeja form the spin-attack in ODIs while Jadeja is dropped from the T20I squad to accommodate Krunal Pandya.
The squad is also an indicator that till the World Cup, all doors are closed for Test vice-captain Ajinkya Rahane and premier spinner R Ashwin.
India is now playing 4 test match series against Australia where both teams lead by 1-1.
This will be followed by a limited-overs engagement with New Zealand, starting with five ODIs from January 23.
The selection committee of the Board of Control for Cricket in India also announced full strength squads for the one-day global series against Australia and New Zealand. It was being expected that Captain Cool MS Dhoni will return to the T20I squad, however, he was earlier dropped in previous T20 matches against Australia and New Zealand.