Yuvraj, who had an underwhelming show at the ICC Champions Trophy and the ODIs in West Indies, has been the centre of focus for a while with chief selector MSK Prasad making it clear that a call would be taken on both Yuvraj and MS Dhoni's future very soon.
Keeping an eye on the big home series coming up against Australia in September, the selectors decided to rest the likes of Mohammed Shami, Umesh Yadav, Ravindra Jadeja and Ravichandran Ashwin.
Young Mumbai paceman Shardul Thakur has been included in the squad which also features Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Jasprit Bumrah as the other pacers. Exciting wicket-keeper batsman Rishabh Pant, who was part of the team during the West Indies tour, missed the cut. Suresh Raina too has been overlooked by the selectors. KL Rahul is likely to open the innings with Shikhar Dhawan after recovering from his injury.
The selectors have gone in with a young spin attack comprising of - Kuldeep Yadav and Yuzvendra Chahal with Axar Patel.
SQUAD: 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.
First Published: August 13, 2017, 8:25 PM IST