Fast bowler Mohammed Shami, who last played an ODI over a year ago, was added to the pace attack.
Hardik Pandya and Kedar Jadhav have still not recovered from their injuries, though the latter could come back after the first two ODIs. However, 33-year-old Dinesh Karthik, who failed to capitalise his opportunity in the Asia Cup, misses out. Thakur returned to the squad after recovering and playing a domestic one-day match for Mumbai against Punjab in the Vijay Hazare Trophy, taking 3 for 53 and scoring 30 off 14 balls in the match.
India and West Indies are scheduled to play a five-match ODI series.
Kolkata Knight Riders' skipper Dinesh Karthik has been axed from the national team after his back-to-back flop shows in England and in the recently concluded Asia Cup 2018.
FPJ's dream XI prediction: Virat Kohli, Cheteshwar Pujara, Prithvi Shaw, Ravindra Jadeja, Rishabh Pant, Devendra Bishoo, Shai Hope, Roston Chase, Shannon Gabriel, Shane Dowrich and R Ashwin. Although Pant might feature for India in the ODI, it looks like for the time-being he will just be a batsman as MS Dhoni is also picked as the wicketkeeper. However, the selectors have chosen to rest the first choice fast bowling pair of Jasprit Bumrah and Bhuvneshwar Kumar.
"That's the reason why we have included Khaleel, Shardul [Thakur] and Shami in this squad now", he said. The spin duo of Kuldeep Yadav and Yuzvendra Chahal has been named in the Indian team.