There were no surprises as the MSK Prasad-headed selection committee-maintained continuity in their choices with the only topic of discussion being the second wicketkeeper.
The 33-year-old Karthik got the nod ahead of the 21-year-old Pant despite an indifferent IPL campaign with the Kolkata Knight Riders.
The second wicketkeeper comes into play only if Mahendra Singh Dhoni is injured. We went ahead with Karthik because of his experience in big matches, Prasad said while announcing the squad here. The side, expectedly led by Virat kohli, comprises five specialist batsmen, two wicket-keepers, three fast bowlers, three all-rounders and two specialist spinners.
Tamil Nadu all-rounder Vijay Shankar made it for his “three-dimensional” qualities.
Virat Kohli (captain), Rohit Sharma (vice-captain), Dhawan, KL Rahul, Vijay Shankar, MSD (wk), Jadhav, Dinesh Karthik, Chahal, Kuldeep, Bhuvneshwar, Jasprit Bumrah, Hardik Pandya, Jadeja, Shami