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Bhuvneshwar Kumar (left and Shikhar Dhawan © AFP (File Photo)

Indian seam bowler Bhuvneshwar Kumar and opening batsman Shikhar Dhawan were on Monday released from the Test squad against visitors Sri Lanka. The duo asked for the release owing to personal reasons as the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) granted them their release. While Bhuvneshwar would not be taking part any further in the remaining couple of Tests, Dhawan would be missing the second Test at the Vidarbha Cricket Association Stadium in Nagpur from Friday. However, Dhawan would be available for selection in the third Test. Meanwhile, the BCCI have announced Vijay Shankar the replacement for Bhuvneshwar. FULL CRICKET SCORECARD: India vs Sri Lanka 2017-18, 2nd Test at Nagpur

The BCCI sent out a media release that said, “The BCCI would like to inform that Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Shikhar Dhawan have been released from India’s Test team. The duo made a request to the selectors and the team management to release them owing to personal reasons. Mr. Kumar will not take any further part in the ongoing Paytm Test series against Sri Lanka and the All-India Senior Selection Committee has named Vijay Shankar as his replacement. Mr. Dhawan is available for selection for the third Test.”

India Test squad for the second Test: Virat Kohli (c), KL Rahul, Murali Vijay, Cheteshwar Pujara, Ajinkya Rahane (vc), Rohit Sharma, Wriddhiman Saha (wk), Ravichandran Ashwin, Ravindra Jadeja, Kuldeep Yadav, Mohammed Shami, Umesh Yadav, Ishant Sharma, Vijay Shankar.