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Ishant Sharma had a poor one-day series against AustraliaBCCI

The bowlers, who will still probably be waking up from their sleep with a start after another nightmare of the batsmen hitting them for boundary after boundary, did face the chop as Ishant Sharma and R Vinay Kumar were excluded from the India ODI squad for the three-match series against the West Indies.

Coming in their stead is a rookie bowler and one who did pretty well at the last time of asking in India colours. Dhawal Kulkarni was given the nod by the selectors along with Mohit Sharma, who has forced his way into the Indian side, for the first time since doing pretty well in the tour of Zimbabwe, when most of the senior players were rested.

The rest of the ODI squad is the same as the one that beat Australia 3-2 in that epic seven-match series, where bowlers were mere outputs to deliver the ball for the batsmen to smash all around the park.

Ishant Sharma was expected to be dropped midway through the Australia series, after the medium pacer gave away 30 runs to James Faulkner in the third one-dayer, an over which cost India the match.

While retaining his place in the squad for the rest of the series, Ishant, expectedly did not get another game and now the 25-year-old has paid for his far from impressive performances with the ball.

Vinay Kumar did pick up a few wickets in the series, but was also woefully expensive, and the Karnataka pacer's failings in the final overs have led to the selectors deciding to leave him out of the squad.

Apart from Mohammed Shami, who is capable of zoning in on the base of the stumps with regularity, no other Indian bowler has been able to consistently find the yorkers and if either Mohit or Kulkarni can impress in their death bowling, then they will be welcomed with open arms, and then some, by MS Dhoni.

Mohit has made a decent start to the Ranji Trophy season, picking up seven wickets from two matches for Haryana, while also picking up the prized wicket of Sachin Tendulkar in the Little Master's final Ranji game in Lahli.

Kulkarni has been there or thereabouts in the Indian fringes, with the Mumbai pacer doing an OK job while playing for India A against New Zealand recently, picking up five wickets.

Ravindra Jadeja, who was rested for the Test series because of a shoulder strain, also returns to the side.

The first match is scheduled for 21 November in Kochi, with the other two ODIs in Visakhapatnam and Kanpur.

Squad: MS Dhoni (capt), Shikhar Dhawan, Rohit Sharma, Virat Kohli, Yuvraj Singh, Suresh Raina, Ravindra Jadeja, R Ashwin, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Mohammed Shami, Ambati Rayudu, Amit Mishra, Jaydev Unadkat, Dhawal Kulkarni, Mohit Sharma.