Selectors tell MS Dhoni his T20I career is over

MS Dhoni has been dropped from the T20I squads for the home series against West Indies and the away series in Australia

Run machine Virat Kohli will also miss out on the Windies series and Rohit Sharma will be leading the team in the three-match contest.

The chairman of selectors MSK Prasad spoke about looking at a second choice keeper and the flamboyant Rishabh Pant has already earned the vote of confidence from the team management.

Also making a comeback into the Test squad is the diminutive Parthiv Patel as one of the two wicketkeepers along with young Rishab Pant, who has grown in stature as a dashing batsman but his glovework remains to be shaky.

The series is tied 1-1 after three games (2 ODI being tied) with two more matches to be played.

Dhoni announced his sudden retirement from Test cricket midway through an Australia series in 2014, with the Boxing Day match in Melbourne being the last of his 90 appearances in the longer format. The selectors surely looked for experienced opener as picking Agarwal with inconsistent KL Rahul and new sensation Prithvi Shaw would mean a big risk considering the tough tour. The likes of Krunal Pandya and Washington Sundar have earned call-ups to the T20I squads for both the series.

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For Pakistan , they'll have fewer selection considerations to make ahead of the second T20I at Dubai on Friday if any at all. It did not stop there as Australia slipped to 22 for 6 in the sixth over and the Abu Dhabi crowd went insane .

India's regular wicketkeeper Wriddhiman Saha continues to be on the sidelines, recovering from a shoulder and thumb injury, which opened the door again for Patel, who has played 25 tests for India.

While Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Jasprit Bumrah are expected to be the front-line seamers, they are backed up by Umesh Yadav and the left-arm pacer Khaleel Ahmed.

On the bowling front, India will bring spin trio Ravichandran Ashwin, Ravindra Jadeja and Kuldeep Yadav. The second match of the series will be played in Lucknow on November 06 while last in Chennai on November 11.

Perth, Melbourne and Sydney will host the remainder of the Tests followed by a three-match ODI series.

Virat Kohli (C), Rohit Sharma (vc), Shikhar Dhawan, KL Rahul, Shreyas Iyer, Manish Pandey, Dinesh Karthik, Rishabh Pant (wk), Kuldeep Yadav, Yuzvendra Chahal, Washington Sundar, Krunal Pandya, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Jasprit Bumrah, Umesh Yadav, Khaleel.

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