Veteran batsman Yuvraj Singh has been dropped from the team for the upcoming limited-overs series against Sri Lanka. The selectors announced the squad on Sunday (August 13) and sprung some big surprises by dropping some big names while including some unexpected ones.
Along with Yuvraj, Mohammed Shami, R Ashwin, Ravindra Jadeja and Umesh Yadav have also been dropped for the ODI series and lone T20I against Sri Lanka as the selectors made as many as seven changes to the team that toured West Indies for the ODI series last month. Yuvraj’s omission was very much on the cards after the southpaw managed just 162 runs in his last 7 innings in ODIs with just one fifty. Rishabh Pant and Dinesh Karthik have also been left out.
Meanwhile, the likes of Manish Pandey, Shardul Thakur, Yuzvendra Chahal, Axar Patel have been rewarded for their show in the recently concluded tri-series in South Africa which India A won. KL Rahul has also returned to the side.
Pandey, who was the skipper of the India A side, was sidelined from national duty due to a side strain during the IPL this year but starred for India A in South Africa, finishing the series as the highest run-scorer with 307 runs in five innings. Jasprit Bumrah and Rohit Sharma have returned to the team after being rested for the West Indies series. Sharma, meanwhile, has been named the vice-captain of the team.
The five-match ODI series will start from August 20 while the tour will concluded on September 6 with the one-off T20.
Virat Kohli(c), Shikhar Dhawan, Rohit Sharma (vc), KL Rahul, Manish Pandey, Ajinkya Rahane, MS Dhoni, Kedar Jadhav, Hardik Pandya, Axar Patel, Yuzvendra Chahal, Shardul Thakur, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Kuldeep Yadav, Jasprit Bumrah