India make seven changes for Sri Lanka ODIs, Yuvraj dropped

Raina Harbhajan Singh Dhoni and Yuvraj at the 2011 World Cup / Getty

In his last seven ODI appearances, Yuvraj has managed only 162 runs and was given bowling only once.

Yuvraj Singh has been omitted from a much-changed India squad for their limited-overs matches in Sri Lanka. KL Rahul and Manish Pandey, both of whom missed the 2017 Champions Trophy due to injury, made comebacks, while Mumbai batsman Rohit Sharma, who captained Mumbai Indians to their third IPL title in 2017, was named the vice-captain. However, he led India A to victory in a tri-series which involved hosts South Africa A and Afghanistan A.

The selectors made seven changes to the squad and have overlooked Yuvraj after the 35-year-old managed just 109 runs in his last six one-day global innings. Yorker specialist Jasprit Bumrah, along with middle-order batsman Kedar Jadhav and former skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni, will be back in the squad.

The first ODI of the series will be played on August 20 at Rangiri Dambulla Stadium in Dambulla, followed by two ODIs in Pallekele and two in Colombo. Spin duo of R Ashwin and Ravindra Jadeja and pacemen Mohammad Shami and Umesh Yadav have been rested and making their way into the team are left-arm spinner Axar Patel, leggie Yuzvendra Chahal and uncapped pacer Shardul Thakur.

An uncapped Shardul Thakur has also been drafted into the side, who will hope to make his ODI debut in the upcoming series. The only T20I will be played on September 6.

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