Yuvraj Singh, Ravichandran Ashwin, Ravindra Jadeja left out for SL ODIs

Yuvraj Singh, Ravichandran Ashwin, Ravindra Jadeja left out for SL ODIs

Middle-order batsman Manish Pandey makes a comeback into the side after being dropped from the West Indies series along with Jasprit Bumrah, who was rested for the Caribbean trip.

Experienced fast bowlers Umesh Yadav and Mohammed Shami have been rested, probably keeping in mind the option of an extra spinner in the spin-friendly Sri Lankan conditions. However, he led India A to victory in a tri-series which involved hosts South Africa A and Afghanistan A. Karnataka batsman Manish Pandey and Mumbai's Shardul Thakur were included in the 15-man squad announced after a two-hour long selection meeting.

From India's previous ODI assignment, the tour of the West Indies in June-July, the other players to be dropped are the 19-year-old Rishabh Pant and Dinesh Karthik. The fifth ODI will be played on Sept 3 in Colombo.

After the ODI series, both sides will lock horns for a lone T20I at the R Premadasa Stadium on 6 September.

Shikhar Dhawan has been selected as one of the openers for India
Shikhar Dhawan has been selected as one of the openers for India

Left-arm spinner Axar returns to the Indian team for the first time since October 2016, when he played the last of his 30 ODIs.

India will play five ODIs and one T20 from August 20.

The squad: Virat Kohli (captain), Shikhar Dhawan, Rohit Sharma (vice captain), Lokesh Rahul, Manish Pandey, Ajinkya Rahane, Kedar Jadhav, Mahendra Singh Dhoni (wicket-keeper), Hardik Pandya, Axar Patel, Kuldeep Yadav, Yuzvendra Chahal, Jasprit Bumrah, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Shardul Thakur.

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