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Head coach Ravi Shastri categorically said that there won't be any chopping and changing in the ODI team from now with just 13 games remaining before the World Cup.
Dhawan, who struggled throughout the preceding ODI series against West Indies, returned to form with a smashing 92 off 62 balls to help India beat the visitors by six wickets in the final T20.
Shikhar Dhawan (92) and Rishabh Pant (58) scored superb half-centuries to guide the team home in the last ball of the thrilling match.
Dhoni, whose batting form has been on the wane, is not a part of the shortest format presenting Pant with a golden chance to consolidate his place in limited overs cricket.
Dhoni has been dropped for the upcoming T20 series against the West Indies and Australia and there is a possibility that he never plays for India again in the shortest format.
Rishabh Pant is making his ODI debut while Kuldeep Yadav was out of the playing XI which had rookie pacer, Khaleel Ahmed.
Wicketkeeper-batsman Pant also continued his upward climb as his knock of 92 saw him gain 23 places to reach 62nd position.
But with the team management's backing of KL Rahul, who has had 14 failures in 17 innings, the role of a reserve opener will become very important in the larger context of the series.
In a space of 16.1 overs, India lost five wickets for 25 runs to move from a comfortable 314 for 4 to 339 for 9 before Ravichandran Ashwin (35 of 83 balls) made a useful contribution.
Indian cricketer Prithvi Shaw was eventually done in while going for an expansive hit through the covers.
While young Pant celebrated his ODI call-up with a second Test half-century, an attractive unbeaten 85 off 120 balls, vice-captain Rahane slogged hard to remain undefeated on 75 off 174 balls.
India are trailing by three runs with Rishabh Pant (85) and Ajinkya Rahane (75) at the crease.
If Pant is included in the side, he could make a strong case for himself in that slot as being a left-hander he provides variety in the middle-order.
Pant, who had scored 114 and 92 in his previous two Test appearances, has been a prolific white ballplayer who replaced the inconsistent Dinesh Karthik as MS Dhoni's cover.
Apparently , there isn’t much to look forward to when the selectors meet on Thursday to pick the Indian team for the one-day series against the West Indies starting on October 21.