India rest Hardik Pandya for first two Tests against Sri Lanka

Hardik Pandya has played three Tests for India previously.
Hardik Pandya has played three Tests for India previously.
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India have rested all-rounder Hardik Pandya for the first two Tests against Sri Lanka as a part of his workload managing process.

The 24-year-old has been an integral part of the side across all the formats and with contributions with both bat and the ball, he has gone to establish himself as one of the key players for Virat Kohli's side.

"The all-India senior selection committee in consultation with the Indian team management has decided to rest all-rounder Hardik Pandya for the upcoming test series against Sri Lanka," a statement released by the Board of Control for Cricket in India confirmed.

"Considering Mr Pandya’s heavy recent workload, the decision was made to negate any possibility of a major injury concern.

"Pandya will undergo a period of strength and conditioning at the National Cricket Academy in Bengaluru."

The first two Tests will be played in Kolkata and Nagpur between 16th and 28th November following which the teams will head to Delhi on 2nd December for the final Test.

India squad for first two Tests: Virat Kohli (captain), KL Rahul, M Vijay, Shikhar Dhawan, Cheteshwar Pujara, Ajinkya Rahane , Rohit Sharma, Wriddhiman Saha (wk), R Ashwin, Ravindra Jadeja, Kuldeep Yadav, Mohammed Shami, Umesh Yadav, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Ishant Sharma.

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