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India rest Virat Kohli for Sri Lanka ODIs

Rohit Sharma will lead India in ODIs
Rohit Sharma will lead India in ODIs
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India have rested skipper Virat Kohli for the upcoming three-match One-Day International series against Sri Lanka that kicks-off on 10th December.

Kohli has been in scintillating form with the bat and has already scored a double century and a ton in the first two Tests in the ongoing series against Sri Lanka but with the 29-year-old leading the team in all the three formats, the selectors decided to hand him a break.

In the absence of Kohli, Mumbai batsman Rohit Sharma will take in charge of the team with Delhi's Shreyas Iyer drafted into the squad to strengthen the batting.

Also included in the squad is uncapped seamer Siddarth Kaul, who takes the place of Shardul Thakur from the squad that played against New Zealand. Thakur has previously played two ODIs in Sri Lanka in which he managed a solitary wicket.

All-rounder Hardik Pandya, who was rested for the Test series against Sri Lanka also makes a return to the ODIs along with Bhuvneshwar Kumar, who took a break on account of his wedding.

India squad against Sri Lanka:

For Delhi Test: Virat Kohli (captain), M Vijay, KL Rahul, Shikhar Dhawan, Cheteshwar Pujara, Ajinkya Rahane (vc), Rohit Sharma, Wriddhiman Saha, R Ashwin, Ravindra Jadeja, Kuldeep Yadav, Mohammed Shami, Umesh Yadav, Ishant Sharma, Vijay Shankar

For ODI series: Rohit Sharma (captain), Shikhar Dhawan, Ajinkya Rahane, Shreyas Iyer, Manish Pandey, Kedar Jadhav, Dinesh Karthik, MS Dhoni (wk), Hardik Pandya, Axar Patel, Kuldeep Yadav, Yuzvendra Chahal, Jasprit Bumrah, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Siddarth Kaul

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