Team for ODI series and T20 announced, Yuvraj Singh axed

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Veteran all-rounder Yuvraj Singh has been dropped from the team, while youngster Shardul Thakur has been included in the team. In the last few days, many media houses speculated that selectors will go back to their old guns, but all such rumours to bed, selectors chose to stick to their young squad and didn't include the likes of Suresh Raina and Yuvraj Singh.

No place for Yuvraj Singh and Suresh Raina. Risabh Pant too has failed to make the cut.

The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) announced a 15-member squad which will be led by Virat Kohli.

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MSK Prasad

Similarly, Rahane was the Man of the Series in West Indies, and Dinesh Karthik fared decently in the limited chances that he got, but both may still get the axe if the selectors decide to persist with Yuvraj. He made 162 runs in his last 7 innings in ODIs with just one fifty. Pandey was originally a part of the Champions Trophy squad but had to take a break due to an injury sustained during the IPL. He was out only once in five matches.

The Selectors have also rested Mohammed Shami and Umesh Yadav, with Mumbai fast-bowler Shardul Thakur being given a chance. Kedar Jadhav is likely to be the back-up keeper if MS Dhoni misses out on any match. India will be aiming to clinch the ODI series as well. The second and third matches will be played at Pallekele on 24 and 27 August followed by the final two games at Colombo on 31 and 3 September.

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