Yuvraj Singh's form has been questionable in the ICC Champions Trophy as well as India's tour of the West Indies Image: AFP
Veteran batsman Yuvraj Singh was on Sunday excluded from the Indian squad that will face Sri Lanka in a five-match ODI series and a lone T20I.
Yuvraj was below-par in the last couple of tournaments, scoring 105 runs in the ICC Champions Trophy and 57 runs during the West Indies tour.
Breaking news: Yuvraj Singh dropped from ODI squad. Manish Pandey replaces him— G. S. Vivek (@GSV1980) August 13, 2017
Also, experienced spin-twins Ravichandran Ashwin and Ravindra Jadeja have been rested for the limited overs matches, beginning from August 20.
Axar Patel, Kuldeep Yadav and Yuzvendra Chahal are captain Virat Kohli's options among slow bowlers.
Mumbai paceman Shardul Thakur made a comeback into the squad along with Karnataka batsman Manish Pandey.
So players rested or dropped? Can see a batting core forming but are the bowlers picked on trial or is this the way ahead?— Harsha Bhogle (@bhogleharsha) August 13, 2017
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.
Mumbai batsman Rohit Sharma has been surprisingly named the vice-captain, while opening batsman Lokesh Rahul returned after an injury lay-off. The Karnataka right-hander has been in good form in the ongoing three-match Test series against the Islanders.
Good to see players from the 'A' side given a go. Happy to see Manish Panday back. But thought there was an investment in Rishabh Pant.— Harsha Bhogle (@bhogleharsha) August 13, 2017
Young Delhi wicketkeeper-batsman Rishabh Pant had to make way for Rahul.
(With inputs from IANS)