BCCI on Sunday announced One Day International squad and T20 International for India's tour of Sri Lanka.
The selectors made a decision to rest four frontline bowlers - Mohammed Shami, Ravichandran Ashwin, Umesh Yadav and Ravindra Jadeja.
The 15-member squad led by Virat Kohli also features middle order batsman Manish Pandey, who is making a comeback to the ODI side after 2016.
Among others, those who have missed the cut are Rishabh Pant, Dinesh Karthik, Ravindra Jadeja and Ravichandran Ashwin.
Left-arm spinner Axar returns to the Indian team for the first time since October 2016, when he played the last of his 30 ODIs. The Mumbai batsman has been named as the vice-captain of the squad. The final of Champions Trophy exposed India's slow bowling frailties.
Indian team for ODIs and one-off T20I: Virat Kohli (Captain), Shikhar Dhawan, Rohit Sharma (vice captain), KL Rahul, Manish Pandey, Ajinkya Rahane, Kedar Jadhav, MS Dhoni (wk), Hardik Pandya, Axar Patel, Kuldeep Yadav, Yuzvendra Chahal, Jasprit Bumrah, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Shardul Thakur.
Shardul Thakur, who bagged 9 wickets in the four List A matches he played from July end to August has been drafted alongside Akshar, who has picked up 7 wickets but is expected to turn things around in Sri Lanka. Dating back to 2005, India have only lost one ODI series in Sri Lanka, a tri-series held in 2010; they won series in 2008 and 2009 (twice) and then five years ago.
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