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In that time, he's made 1487 runs at a strke-rate of 127, alongside 54 catches and 33 stumpings.

Dhoni enjoyed one of his best Indian Premier League (IPL) seasons earlier this year in Chennai Super Kings' title-winning campaign.

"Dhoni's not going to play the six T20Is because we're looking at the second keeper slot".

Squad for the 4-Test series vs Australia: Virat Kohli (C), Murali Vijay, KL Rahul, Prithvi Shaw, Cheteshwar Pujara, Ajinkya Rahane, Hanuma Vihari, Rohit Sharma, Rishabh Pant, Parthiv Patel, Ravichandran Ashwin, Ravindra Jadeja, Kuldeep Yadav, Mohammed Shami, Ishant Sharma, Umesh Yadav, Jasprit Bumrah, Bhuvneshwar Kumar. "So they will be getting a chance to keep and bat".

21-year-old Rishabh Pant, who is tipped to be Dhoni's successor, has replaced the veteran wicketkeeper in both the squads. "As of now, he won't be ready till November 15".

West Indies batting all-rounder Marlon Samuels right took three wickets for just 12 runs against India. AP
West Indies batting all-rounder Marlon Samuels right took three wickets for just 12 runs against India. AP

After scoring 140 and 157 not out in the first two ODIs, Kohli reached the three-figure mark again against the touring West Indies side in the third ODI at the Maharashtra Cricket Association Stadium in Pune.

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The player once dubbed "Captain Cool" retired from Tests in 2014 and then relinquished the limited-overs captaincy in 2017. His IPL team-mate Shahbaz Nadeem earned an India call-up as well, soon after a world record performance, albeit in 50-over cricket.

But the return of Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Jasprit Bumrah will definitely add a lot of meat to the Indian bowling that has been clobbered for more than 320 runs on both occasions.

West Indies handed a debut to allrounder Fabian Allen, a middle-order batsman with the ability to bowl left-arm spin. Fast bowlers Deepak Chahar and Siddharth Kaul, who were part of India's previous T20I squad on the tour of England, were left out. "He is coming back from an injury which is why we asked him to play in the Duleep Trophy", Prasad said.

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