Pune: Kedar Jadhav, India's middle-order batsman, has been included in their squad for the fourth and fifth one-day internationals against the Windies, which will be played in Mumbai and Thiruvananthapuram.
The 33-year-old sustained a hamstring injury in the final of the Asia Cup in September, and the selectors decided to test his fitness during the Deodhar Trophy, the domestic one-day tournament.
jadhav impressed, scoring a 25-ball 41 not out for India A against India C on Thursday, even as the squads for the last three ODIs of the Windies series was being announced, from which Jadhav was initially excluded."After Jadhav has demonstrated his fitness, he's been included in the team for the 4th and 5th ODIs," said BCCI's acting secretary, Amitabh Choudhary on
India A lost the game despite Jadhav's efforts and missed out on a spot in the final, which will be played on the same day as the third India-Windies ODI. "He is coming back from an injury which is why we asked him to play in the Deodhar Trophy," said MSK Prasad, India's chief selector.
"We expected their team to go on to play the final, which is why he's not a part of the third ODI but is part of the fourth and fifth ODIs," he added.After two ODIs, India lead the series 1-0, with the second ODI in Visakhapatnam ending in a tie.
India squad for 4th and 5th ODIs: Virat Kohli (c), Rohit Sharma, Shikhar Dhawan, Ambati Rayudu, Rishabh Pant, MS Dhoni, Ravindra Jadeja, Kuldeep Yadav, Yuzvendra Chahal, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Jasprit Bumrah, K Khaleel Ahmed, Umesh Yadav, Lokesh Rahul, Manish Pandey, Kedar Jadhav.