India batsman Yuvraj Singh on Sunday was axed while Ravichandran Ashwin, Ravindra Jadeja and Mohammed Shami were rested from the Indian cricket team for the five-match One Day International series against Sri Lanka. Karnataka batsman Manish Pandey and Mumbai’s Shardul Thakur were included in the 15-man squad announced after a two-hour long selection meeting. Rohit Sharma and Yuzvendra Chahal also got a call-up for the series starting from August 20. Left-handed batsman Suresh Raina, whose name was doing the rounds, was not included in Virat Kohli’s team.
Fully aware of spinners’ heavy workload during the ongoing Test series against Sri Lanka, the team management and national selectors have rested Ravichandran Ashwin and Ravindra Jadeja. Mohammed Shami has also been rested from the ODI series as his workload needs to be monitored.
There were rumours that Virat Kohli wouldn’t be playing the ODI series but the Indian captain put all those to rest on Friday. “Who said I am not playing? I don’t know where this came from, but I have no problems in playing,” Kohli answered to a query on team selection during a press conference.
The five-match ODI series begins on August 20 at Dambulla and the last one is on September 3 at Colombo.
Indian team: Virat Kohli (Captain), Shikhar Dhawan, Rohit Sharma (vice captain), KL Rahul, Manish Pandey, Ajinkya Rahane, Kedar Jadhav, MS Dhoni (wk), Hardik Pandya, Axar Patel, Kuldeep Yadav, Yuzvendra Chahal, Jasprit Bumrah, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Shardul Thakur.