New Delhi: Rohit Sharma has made a comeback into the longest format of the game as he has been included in the 16-member Test squad for the upcoming tour of Sri Lanka, the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) announced on Sunday. Meanwhile, middle-order star Karun Nair has been dropped for the series.
India is scheduled to play 3 Tests, 5 ODIs and one T20I against Sri Lanka during this series, starting for July 26. The three Test matches will be played at Galle, Colombo and Kandy.
Rohit missed India's last Test series against Australia due to injury but he makes a return into the Test squad after proving his fitness and performing really well in the Champions Trophy 2017 in June.
Meanwhile, as for Nair, he has been axed after a string of underwhelming performances since slamming that historic triple century against England in Chennai. Since then, Karun's scores have read 26, 0, 23 and 5 in the three Test matches that he played for India against Australia.
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BCCI had earlier given a hint that Nair won't be part of the team as he was named in the India ‘A’ squad for the tri-series against Australia ‘A’ and South Africa ‘A’ in South Africa, whose dates coincide with the Sri Lankan tour.
More importantly, Nair was also named skipper of the team which will play two four-day games against South Africa ‘A’. While the first game will be played from August 12 to 15, the second one will be played from August 19-22.
Meanwhile, KL Rahul is also back in the squad after missing the Champions Trophy due to a shoulder injury.
Virat Kohli (Captain), M Vijay, KL Rahul, Cheteshwar Pujara, Ajinkya Rahane (vice captain), Rohit Sharma, R Ashwin, R Jadeja, W Saha (wk), Ishant Sharma, Umesh Yadav, Hardik Pandya, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, M Shami, Kuldeep Yadav, Abhinav Mukund.
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