India have named their squad for the three Test match series against Sri Lanka that begins on July 26.A

Indian selectors have recalled prolific batsman Rohit Sharma back to the squad after resting him for the West Indies tour. Karun Nair has been dropped for Sharma to make way into the team. The axe has also fallen on off-spinner Jayant Yadav. KL Rahul, who had suffered a long-term shoulder injury is back into the side after undergoing rehabilitation.

Sri Lanka Rohit Sharma
Rohit Sharma has returned to Indiaas Test squad for first time since the New Zealand series in 2016.

Kuldeep Yadav is retained in the squad who made an exceptional Test debut last March against Australia.AAbhinav Mukund has edgedAShikhar DhawanAas backup opener in the team despite the latteras explosive job with the bat at the Champions Trophy.

Hardik Pandya was selected for the test squad despite having not made his debut yet. PandyaAhad been called-up to the Test side in November last year for the series against England. But he hurt his right shoulder then to be withdrawn. He was then included in the Test squad for the first two matches against Australia but didnat feature.

Sri Lanka Tour

The Sri Lanka tour marks India’s return to Test cricket after a four-month gap from when they regained the Border-Gavaskar Trophy in March.AIndia’s recent Test form has been absolutely brilliant as they won their last 5 series; against West Indies, New Zealand, England, Bangladesh and Australia.

The series comprises three Tests, five ODIs and one T20I. The first Test starts in Galle on July 26, followed by matches at the SSC in Colombo from August 3 and Pallekele from August 12. The ODIs will be played on August 20, 24, 27, 31 and September 3, and the T20I on September 6.

The last time India toured Sri Lanka was two years ago, when the Indian team won the Test series 2-1 after losing the first match in Galle. India are No 1 in Tests, and Sri Lanka ranked seventh.

Squad:AVirat Kohli (Captain), Murali Vijay, Lokesh Rahul, Cheteshwar Pujara, Ajinkya Rahane (vice-captain), Rohit Sharma, Ravichandran Ashwin, Ravindra Jadeja, Wriddhiman Saha (wk), Ishant Sharma, Umesh Yadav, Hardik Pandya, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, M Shami, Kuldeep Yadav, Abhinav Mukund.


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