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India drop Yuvraj, Karthik for Sri Lanka ODI series

Yuvraj Singh missed out on the selection
Yuvraj Singh missed out on the selection

India have dropped senior batsman Yuvraj Singh for the upcoming five-match One-Day International series against Sri Lanka that kicks-off on 20th August.

The man of the tournament in India's 2011 World Cup winning campaign managed a solitary half-century in his last eight innings that came in the Champions Trophy opener against Pakistan. In the recently concluded ODI series against West Indies, the southpaw managed just 57 runs from three games.

Also missing out on the squad is Dinesh Karthik, who did score 40 and unbeaten 58 against West Indies in the last two games, but now will make way for Manish Pandey in the squad.

Opening batsmen Rohit Sharma returns to the squad after he was rested for the series in Caribbean while Lokesh Rahul, who made a strong comeback in the Test series against Sri Lanka also claims his position at the top with in-form batsman Shikhar Dhawan.

Ravichandran Ashwin, Ravindra Jadeja, Mohammad Shami and Umesh Yadav, who did most of the bowling in the Test series has been handed a rest to manage their workload with Jasprit Bumrah, Axar Patel and Yuzvendra Chahal along with uncapped pacer Shardul Thakur forming the core of the bowling attack with Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Kuldeep Yadav already in the squad.

The five-match ODI series will be played between 20th August and 3rd September with the solitary Twenty International scheduled on 6th September in Colombo.

India squad:

Virat Kohli (captain), Shikhar Dhawan, Rohit Sharma (vice-captain), KL Rahul, Manish Pandey, Ajinkya Rahane, Kedar Jadhav, MS Dhoni (wicket-keeper), Hardik Pandya, Axar Patel, Kuldeep Yadav, Yuzvendra Chahal, Jasprit Bumrah, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Shardul Thakur.

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