Rahane, Pujara were axed

BCCI has announced the 18 member squad for the forthcoming bilateral home series with Sri Lanka. As expected, Ajinkya Rahane, Cheteshwar Pujara who has been struggling with form for over a year has been dropped from the series. It also did not pick Ishant Sharma and Saha. 

The BCCI Chief Selector Chetan Sharma said that they have requested  Pujara, Rahane, Ishant, and Saha to play the Ranji Trophy. Ravindra Jadeja who was out of the few series due to injury has been picked for both Tests and T20Is. KS Bharat has been selected as the backup wicket keeper in place of Saha.

Priyank Panchal who was picked for the South Africa tour was also picked for the Sri Lanka Test series. Uncapped Left arm spinner Saurabh Kumar was also selected. KL Rahul and Washington Sundar missed the series due to injury.

R Ashwin was not picked up due to fitness issues. Well, Rohit Sharma was named as the new Test Captain to team India whereas Jasprit Bumrah is the vice-captain.

Test squad: Rohit Sharma (C), Priyank Panchal, Mayank Agarwal, Virat Kohli, Shreyas Iyer, Hanuma Vihari, Shubhman Gill, Rishabh Pant (wk), KS Bharath, R Jadeja, Jayant Yadav, R Ashwin, Kuldeep Yadav, Sourabh Kumar, Mohd. Siraj, Umesh Yadav, Mohd. Shami, Jasprit Bumrah (VC).

T20I squad: Rohit Sharma (C),Ruturaj Gaikwad, Shreyas Iyer, Surya Kumar Yadav, Sanju Samson, Ishan Kishan (wk), Venkatesh Iyer, Deepak Chahar, Deepak Hooda, R Jadeja, Y Chahal, R Bishnoi,Kuldeep Yadav, Mohd. Siraj, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Harshal Patel, Jasprit Bumrah(VC),Avesh Khan

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