Yuvraj dropped; Ashwin, Jadeja rested for Sri Lanka ODIs

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On the other hand, veteran batter Yuvraj Singh has been axed from the team. However, he led India A to victory in a tri-series which involved hosts South Africa A and Afghanistan A.

A significant call made by the selectors is the omission of the 35-year old Yuvraj.

Ravichandran Ashwin, Ravindra Jadeja and Mohammed Shami have been given well deserved rest.

India, who are now in Sri Lanka, have already sealed the Test series 2-0, with the third Test now being played.

Yuzvendra Chahal, Kuldeep Yadav and Axar Patel are likely to handle the slow bowling duties.

Mumbai batsman Rohit Sharma has been surprisingly named the vice-captain, while opening batsman Lokesh Rahul returned after an injury lay-off. WIth such a star-studded middle order, one understands why Yuvraj, who did not have a great Champions Trophy nor the West Indies series, faced the axe.

The first ODI of the series will be played on August 20 at Rangiri Dambulla Stadium in Dambulla, followed by two ODIs in Pallekele and two in Colombo.

Virat Kohli (c), Shikhar Dhawan, Rohit Sharma, K. L. Rahul, Manish Pandey, Ajinkya Rahane, Mahendra Singh Dhoni, Kedar Jadhav, Hardik Pandya, Axar Patel, Yuzvendra Chahal, Shardul Thakur, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Kuldeep Yadav, Jasprit Bumrah.

There were rumours that Virat Kohli wouldn't be playing the ODI series but the Indian captain put all those to rest on Friday.

The much-awaited news of India team selection for the upcoming five-match ODI series and one-off T20 has been announced.

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