India vs Sri Lanka: Virat Kohli rested for three-match ODI series; Rohit Sharma to lead in his absence

The MSK Prasad-led selection panel announced India's squads shortly after the team's innings and 239-run win over the Sri Lankans in the second Test at Nagpur.

FirstCricket Staff, Nov 27, 2017 16:56:43 IST

India skipper Virat Kohli has been rested for the ODI series against Sri Lanka. Rohit Sharma will lead the side in his absence. Shikhar Dhawan, Mohammed Shami who missed the 2nd Test at Nagpur, will return to the side for the final match at New Delhi. The selectors have also added Kuldeep Yadav to the squad to bolster Virat Kohli's spin options.

The MSK Prasad-led selection panel announced India's squads shortly after the team's innings and 239-run win over the Sri Lankans in the second Test at Nagpur.

India vs Sri Lanka: Virat Kohli rested for three-match ODI series; Rohit Sharma to lead in his absence

India captain Virat Kohli has been playing non-stop since the Indian Premier League earlier this year. AP

India earlier announced squads for the first two Tests, with the selectors including most of the seniors in it despite the cramped schedule that the Indian team have had to deal with in their home season. While Mohammed Shami was rested for the second Test due to fitness niggles that he was visibly suffering from at Kolkata, opener Shikhar Dhawan and pacer Bhuvneshwar Kumar were released ahead of the second Test, with the latter tying the knot at his hometown Meerut earlier this week. Tamil Nadu pacer Vijay Shankar earned his maiden India call-up ahead of the second Test.

India currently lead the series 1-0, thanks to an innings-and-239-run demolition of the visitors in the second Test at Nagpur. While the Sri Lankans put up a tough fight in the first Test in Kolkata, in which they shot India out for 172 and grabbing a 122-run first innings lead in the drawn Test, they were massively outplayed in the second game.

The Nagpur match, saw comeback men Murali Vijay, Rohit Sharma and Ishant Sharma make the most of the opportunity handed to them. While Ishant produced beautiful spells of bowling in both innings, recording figures of 3/37 in the first innings, both Vijay and Rohit were among the four centurions in Indian innings as the hosts piled on a massive 610/6. The second Sri Lankan innings then saw the visitors fold up for a lowly 165, with Ashwin collecting the final wicket to become the fastest bowler to 300 Test wickets, beating Dennis Lillee to the milestone.

India begin their overseas assignments with the marathon tour of South Africa, which starts on 5 January and comprises three Tests, as many T20Is and six ODIs, and will go on till 24 February. This will be India's first major overseas tour since their four-month stay in Australia during the 2014-15 season that also included the ICC World Cup.

The team for the South African tour is expected to be announced later today.

Team for 3rd Test against Sri Lanka: Virat Kohli (C), Murali Vijay, KL Rahul, Shikhar Dhawan, Cheteshwar Pujara, Ajinkya Rahane (vc), Rohit Sharma, Wriddhiman Saha (wk), Ravichandran Ashwin, Ravindra Jadeja, Kuldeep Yadav, Mohammed Shami, Umesh Yadav, Ishant Sharma, Vijay Shankar

Team for ODI series against Sri Lanka: Rohit Sharma (C), Shikhar Dhawan, Ajinkya Rahane, Shreyas Iyer, Manish Pandey, Kedar Jadhav, Dinesh Karthik, MS Dhoni (wk), Hardik Pandya, Axar Patel, Kuldeep Yadav, Yuzvendra Chahal, Jasprit Bumrah, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Siddarth Kaul

Updated Date: Nov 27, 2017 16:56:43 IST


World Cup 2019 Points Table

Team p w l nr pts
India 9 7 1 1 15
Australia 9 7 2 0 14
England 9 6 3 0 12
New Zealand 9 5 3 1 11
Pakistan 9 5 3 1 11
Sri Lanka 9 3 4 2 8
South Africa 9 3 5 1 7
Bangladesh 9 3 5 1 7
West Indies 9 2 6 1 5
Afghanistan 9 0 9 0 0





Rank Team Points Rating
1 India 3631 113
2 New Zealand 2547 111
3 South Africa 2917 108
4 England 3663 105
5 Australia 2640 98
6 Sri Lanka 3462 94
Rank Team Points Rating
1 England 6420 123
2 India 6807 122
3 New Zealand 4763 113
4 Australia 5470 112
5 South Africa 5193 110
6 Pakistan 4756 97
Rank Team Points Rating
1 Pakistan 7365 283
2 England 4253 266
3 South Africa 4196 262
4 Australia 5471 261
5 India 7273 260
6 New Zealand 4056 254