India have announced their squad for the upcoming Sri Lanka test squad starts from next month. The 16 men squad has been selected for the first two test matches.
The three match test series starts on November 16 in Eden Gardens Kolkata. The subsequent matches will be played in Nagpur and Delhi respectively. The Lankans will then play a ODI series and T20 series as well.
Murali Vijay has returned to the test squad after missing the SL tour with a wrist injury. It has been more of a same squad for India as the spinning ace Ravichandran Ashwin and Ravindra Jadeja have replaced the limited over spinner Yuzvendra Chahal, although Kuldeep Yadav has retained his place.
Vijay returns in the team
Virat Kohli will lead the side despite the talks of a rest due to frequent cricket. Indian selector MSK Prasad said that work load is a factor and rotations will be taking place but only after the test series they will talk about Kohli’s work load.
MSK Prasad said, “It’s not right. Yes, as far as Test series is concerned, he’s going to play and at some point of time, the rotation policy that we’re following will also apply to the captain. We’re also monitoring his workload – he’s been playing continuously right from the IPL. We need to give him a break and we will consider after the Test series.”
Saha will play at his home ground in Kolkata
Abhinav Mukund and Axar Patel has been dropped from the squad among who went to Sri Lanka for the test series earlier this year.
Virat Kohli (Capt.), Murali Vijay, Shikhar Dhawan, Lokesh Rahul, Cheteshwar Pujara, Wriddhiman Saha, Ajinkya Rahane, Rohit Sharma, Hardik Pandya, Ravi Ashwin, Ravindra Jadeja, Kuldeep Yadav, Mohammad Shami, Umesh Yadav, Ishant Sharma, Bhuvneshwar Kumar
Sri Lanka will also play a 2 day practice match at Eden Gardens that starts on November 11.