KL Rahul. Image Courtesy: Getty Images

KL Rahul and Murali Vijay have been included in the Test side for the three-match series against Sri Lanka. Both the batsmen were part of the Indian team for the series against Australia but missed the full season of IPL due to respective injuries.

There are some notable exclusions and inclusions in the side, as there was no place for Shikhar Dhawan – despite the batsman performing well in the ongoing series against Windies. Abhinav Mukund has been preferred over him as the backup opener.

There might be a case when Dhawan will be sent to South Africa to play for India A, as Mukund is a part of the India A squad of now but will now miss the unofficial Tests due to the clash of fixtures with the third Test match of the series. Karun Nair, who is also the part of India A, has also not been included for Sri Lanka Test series. (Read Here: India A Squad For South Africa Series)

Rohit Sharma has made a comeback to the Test side. The right-handed batsman missed the major part of the home season due to an injury and only returned for the Champions Trophy. Though he was later rested for the Windies tour.
Here is the video of India’s full squad for the tour of Sri Lanka:

Kuldeep Yadav, who made his debut in the final Test of the series against Australia at Dharamsala, has been retained. Mohammed Shami, Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Umesh Yadav have been named in the Ishant Sharma led pace attack. Meanwhile, Hardik Pandya has made a comeback in the Test side, replacing Jayant Yadav. (Read Here: Captaincy Has Never Affected My Batting)

The first Test of the series will kick off on July 26 at GICS, Galle, followed by two other five day games. Five ODIs and a lone T20I will follow.

Meanwhile, BCCI is expected to announce the new coach of the side soon and this will be the first tour for the incoming man with the Indian cricket team. Here are the detailed fixtures –

Date Venue
First Test, July 26-30 GICS, Galle
Second Test, August 3-7 SSC, Colombo
Third Test, August 12-16 PICS, Kandy
First ODI, August 20 RDICS, Dambulla
Second ODI, August 24 PICS, Kandy
Third ODI, August 27 PICS, Kandy
Fourth ODI, August 31 RPICS, Colombo
Fifth ODI, September 3 RPICS, Colombo
Only T20I, September 6 RPICS, Colombo


India Squad For Sri Lanka Tests: Virat Kohli (C), Murali Vijay, KL Rahul, Cheteshwar Pujara, Ajinkya Rahane (VC), Rohit Sharma, Ravichandran Ashwin, Ravindra Jadeja, Wriddhiman Saha (wk), Ishant Sharma, Umesh Yadav, Hardik Pandya, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Mohammad Shami, Kuldeep Yadav, Abhinav Mukund.


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