Selectors picked Dinesh Karthik over KL Rahul. Here is the unusual reason

Glenn Phillips has been called into the New Zealand squad for the tour of India

Off-spinner R Ashwin and all-rounder Ravindra Jadeja were once again ignored by the selection committee after they announced the squad for the three-match ODI series against New Zealand scheduled to begin from October 22. The decision comes as a surprise as Jadeja hammered a classy 150 against Jammu and Kashmir in a Ranji Trophy match prior to the decision. If we go by the reason he has given for his inclusion in the side, it clearly supports a batting role than of a wicketkeeper which is held strongly by the former Indian captain MS Dhoni and he looks absolutely flawless behind the stumps with his gloves.

Karthik so far has played 73 ODIs for India.

Like Ashwin and Jadeja, Umesh and Shami too won't feature in the ODI series against New Zealand.

Also, making a return to the squad is Mumbai pacer Shardul Thakur, who was a part of the Indian ODI team in Sri Lanka. But KL Rahul, who was in the squad for the ODIs against Australia but didn't play a single game, was left out.

"Certainly in the past year or two, he's been playing outstandingly well". A 32-year old replacing him in the side will be bitter to digest for Rahul but he will now have to take the domestic scene by storm if he has to get back in the Indian dressing room.

"Todd Astle, Matt Henry, Henry Nicholls, Colin Munro, Glenn Phillips and George Worker will join the squad following the conclusion of the NZ A tour against India A", New Zealand Cricket (NZC) said in a statement.

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