Kulkarni, who is uncapped at the international level, was among the new faces in the ODI squad, with Vinay dropped after poor returns in India’s 3-2 win over Australia. However, a foot injury to Kulkarni paved the way for Vinay to return to the side.
Vinay, currently leading Karnataka against Gujarat in a Group A Ranji Trophy match in Bangalore, conceded 345 runs in five matches at an economy rate of 7.93 against Australia. His returns of 1 for 102 in nine overs in the last match in Bangalore were the worst figures by an Indian bowler in limited-overs cricket. However, Vinay did pick up eight wickets in the series, finishing joint second on the list with Ravindra Jadeja, behind R Ashwin.
The second and third ODIs will be played in Visakhapatnam and Kanpur on November 24 and November 27 respectively.
Squad: MS Dhoni (capt, wk), Shikhar Dhawan, Rohit Sharma, Virat Kohli, Yuvraj Singh, Suresh Raina, Ravindra Jadeja, Ambati Rayudu, R Ashwin, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Mohammad Shami, Amit Mishra, Jaydev Unadkat, Mohit Sharma, R Vinay Kumar.