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Kohli to lead for Sri Lanka ODIs; Saha, Ashwin make comeback

Last updated on: October 21, 2014 15:41 IST
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Virat Kohli celebrates scoring a century in the fourth ODI against West Indies. Photograph: BCCI

India captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni was rested for the first three One-day Internationals against Sri Lanka next month, and batting mainstay Virat Kohli named to lead the side in his absence.

Bengal's Wriddhiman Saha made a comeback to the 15-member team, in place of Dhoni, for the first three ODIs of the five-match series, which was hastily arranged after the West Indies abruptly called off its tour of India last week.

Ravichandran Ashwin too returned after being rested for the West Indies series, in place of spinner Kuldeep Yadav, while pacer Varun Aaron replaced the injured Mohit Sharma.

Pacer Bhuvneshwar Kumar was the other player left out from the squad that played against the West Indies.

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Meanwhile, the five ODIs against Sri Lanka will be held at Cuttack, Hyderabad, Ranchi, Kolkata and Ahmedabad and the detailed itinerary will be announced shortly, BCCI secretary Sanjay Patel said in a release.

Shikhar Dhawan and Ajinkya Rahane have been retained for the opening responsibility while Rohit Sharma, who has recovered from an injury, has been named in the India 'A' team for the practice game against the visiting Sri Lankan team.

Kohli, as usual, will lead the batting in the middle-order; he will be supported by Suresh Raina, Ambati Rayudu, Ravindra Jadeja and Saha.

After a prolonged bad patch, Kohli roared back to form with an elegant century in the fourth ODI against the West Indies in Dharamsala.

Ishant Sharma, who did not play in any of the four games against the West Indies after being picked for the last two ODIs, Mohammad Shami, Umesh Yadav and Aaron will form the pace bowling unit.

The spin department will be manned by Ashwin, Jadeja, Amit Mishra and young Akshar Patel.

Team: Virat Kohli (captain), Shikhar Dhawan, Ajinkya Rahane, Suresh Raina, Ambati Rayudu, Wriddhiman Saha, Ravichandran Ashwin, Ravindra Jadeja, Mohammad Shami, Umesh Yadav, Ishant Sharma, Amit Mishra, Murali Vijay, Varun Aaron, Akshar Patel.

The senior selection committee also announced the India 'A' squad for the one-day practice match against Sri Lanka, to be played at the CCI in Mumbai on October 30.

Manoj Tiwary will lead the side.

Team: Manoj Tiwary (captain), Unmukt Chand, Manan Vohra, Karun Nair, Rohit Sharma, Kedar Jadhav, Sanju Samson, Parvez Rasool, Karn Sharma, Stuart Binny, Dhaval Kulkarni, Jaspreet Bumrah, Manish Pandey, Kuldeep Yadav.

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