Bangalore: Ambati Rayudu will join the Indian squad for the remainder of the Celkon Mobile tri-series in the West Indies after Mahendra Singh Dhoni was ruled out because of a hamstring injury.
Dhoni suffered the injury while batting in the game against West Indies in Kingston, Jamaica on Sunday (June 30). He received treatment when batting on 20 in the 43rd over and though he went on to score a 35-ball 27, Dhoni didn't come out when India fielded.
In Dhoni's absence, Dinesh Karthik kept wickets and Virat Kohli led the team, which he will now continue to do for the rest of the tournament. (Also read: Kohli says he missed 'calm' Dhoni in tense match vs West Indies)
"Rayudu will join the team at the earliest," said a Board of Control for Cricket in India statement, and is expected to join the squad in Port of Spain for India's last two league games and, if they qualify, the final.
Rayudu, who was earlier named in the Twenty20 International squad for India's series against England at home in December last year, made his first-class debut in the 2001-02 season and was the captain of India at the Under-19 World Cup in 2004.
India had earlier named an unchanged squad for the tri-series from the one that took part in the victorious Champions Trophy campaign last month. Since then, however, Mohammad Shami has replaced Irfan Pathan after Pathan also pulled out because of a hamstring injury.