MS Dhoni will be seen playing the ODIs in Sri Lanka © AFP
MS Dhoni will be seen playing the ODIs in Sri Lanka © AFP

Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI), on Sunday, announced India’s 15-man squad for the upcoming five One-Day Internationals (ODIs) and one-off Twenty20 International (T20I) against Sri Lanka. While MS Dhoni, Rohit Sharma were certainties to don the blue jersey, Yuvraj Singh, Suresh Raina have failed to make the cut, despite the rumours of being in radar for selection. Virat Kohli had earlier confirmed that he is more than willing to play the ODIs and lead the side ,while spin duo Ravichandran Ashwin and Ravindra Jadeja have been rested for the limited-overs string.

Kohli, ahead of the third Test, had said in a press conference, “Who said I am not playing? I don’t know where this came from, but I have no problems in playing. We [management and selectors] are going to sit down on selection soon and we certainly have plans in mind and combinations that we want to speak about. So as captain, I am definitely in the thick of things and knowing what to speak to the committee about.” The names of Raina, Yuvraj, Shreyas Iyer and Rishabh Pant were being speculated to be discussed during the selection procedure, given their seniority and/or recent performances. Here is India’s squad for the ODIs and T20Is against Sri Lanka:

India squad: Virat Kohli (c), Shikhar Dhawan, Rohit Sharma(vc), KL Rahul, Manish Pandey, Ajinkya Rahane, Kedar Jadhav, MS Dhoni (wk), Hardik Pandya, Akshar Patel, Kuldeep Yadav, Yuzvendra Chahal, Jasprit Bumrah, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Shardul Thakur.

Shardul Thakur, who bagged 9 wickets in the four List A matches played from July end to August, has been drafted alongside Akshar, who has picked up 7 wickets and is expected to turn things around in Sri Lanka.

India, who have already pocketed the Test series 2-1 and are dominating the final Test, hold an impressive record against Sri Lanka in ODIs. Of the 150 they have played, 83 went in favour of India while in Sri Lanka, they are marginally behind the hosts, winning 23 of the 57 matches played. They had won the last ODI encounter to Sri Lanka 4-1, back in 2012.