Middle-order batsman Kedar Jadhav was also included in the team after recovering from a hamstring injury.
India announced their ODI Squad for the South Africa tour on Saturday.MSK Prasad led selectors committee named a 17-man squad, with 4 fast bowlers and 2 spinners. After the Test series, starting on January 5, India will play six ODIs from February 1 and three Twenty20 Internationals. There was also no place for uncapped paceman Siddharth Kaul and teenage all-rounder Washington Sundar.
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After their epic contest on December 17 won by the Patriots in controversial fashion, the rematch is nearly a certainty. That rematch, however, would take place at Gillette Stadium , where the Patriots have won nine straight playoff games.
Kohli will return to lead the side after his break from cricket, with the Test series being his first assignment after marriage.
"We keep on repeating that after Champions Trophy, we tried with the new boys - Chahal and Kuldeep - and we are being consistent with Axar", Prasad said after the selection meeting.
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Selectors have made a decision to give young batsman Shreyas Iyer, who scored back to back half-centuries against Sri Lanka, an extended run.
India's pace department has been bolstered with the inclusion of Mohammed Shami with young Mumbai seamer Shardul Thakur also back in the squad. Chairman of selectors MSK Prasad made it clear that they are looking to give Yadav and Chahal a longer rope since they had chose to look at wrist spinners after the Champions Trophy.
Mumbai gets India's first fully-AC local train
Weekly, fortnightly and monthly season tickets would be charged the equivalent of 5, 7.5 and 10 single journeys of the AC local. For the first week, the authorities will run the train for only six times every day between Churchgate and Borivli stations.
India ODI squad: Virat Kohli (c), Rohit Sharma (vc), Shikhar Dhawan, Ajinkya Rahane, Shreyas Iyer, Manish Pandey, Kedar Jadhav, Dinesh Karthik, MS Dhoni (wk), Axar Patel, Yuzvendra Chahal, Kuldeep Yadav, Jasprit Bumrah, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Hardik Pandya, Mohammed Shami, Shardul Thakur.