Suresh Raina ruled out of 1st ODI against New Zealand

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Bengaluru, Oct 13: India's middle order batsman Suresh Raina was today (October 13) ruled out of the first One Day International against New Zealand due to viral fever, the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) announced.

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After completing a 3-0 whitewash in the Test series over New Zealand in Indore recently, India will host the Kiwis in a five-match ODI rubber starting in Dharamsala on October 16 (Sunday). (Kohli's fans should read this)

On Thursday, BCCI said that Raina will miss the opening game due to a bout of viral fever. There will be no replacement for the left-handed batsman in the 15-man squad led by Mahendra Singh Dhoni. (Looking back at Ind-NZ contests)

"The BCCI Medical team has confirmed that Suresh Raina, who is recovering from a bout of viral fever, is ruled out of the first ODI of the Paytm ODI Trophy against New Zealand. There will be no replacement in the team," BCCI secretary Ajay Shirke said in a media advisory.

The 29-year-old Raina, who has played 223 ODIs, made a return to the limited overs squad for the New Zealand series. However, he has to wait for his comeback match.

He last played a ODI on October 25, 2015 against South Africa in Mumbai. He was dropped for Australia (January 2016) and Zimbabwe (June 2016) 50-over series and also the Twenty20 International rubber against West Indies in USA in August this year.

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