Experienced fast bowlers Umesh Yadav and Mohammed Shami have been rested, probably keeping in mind the option of an extra spinner in the spin-friendly Sri Lankan conditions. Pacer Shardul Thakur, who displayed tremendous show with the ball for Rising Pune Supergiant, has been rewarded for his performance.
Pandey's recall has come on the back of a strong one-day triangular series for India A in South Africa, which the side won: scores of 55, 41*, 86*, 93* and 32* to be named Player of the Series.
Rohit and Bumrah, on the other hand, played in the Champions Trophy and were rested for the series against West Indies. Dinesh Karthik and Rishabh Pant, who were also part of the squad in that tour, have been left out as well.
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The five-match ODI series against Sri Lanka will commence on August 20. The 27-year-old was last in the Indian setup in January for the home ODI and T20I series with England.
The 15-member squad led by Virat Kohli also features middle order batsman Manish Pandey, who is making a comeback to the ODI side after 2016. The final of Champions Trophy exposed India's slow bowling frailties.
India squad Virat Kohli (capt), Shikhar Dhawan, Rohit Sharma (vice-capt), KL Rahul, Manish Pandey, Ajinkya Rahane, Kedar Jadhav, MS Dhoni (wk), Hardik Pandya, Axar Patel, Kuldeep Yadav, Yuzvendra Chahal, Jasprit Bumrah, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Shardul Thakur. The ODIs will be played on August 20, 24, 27, 31 and September 3, and the T20I on September 6. Of the 150 they have played, 83 went in favour of India while in Sri Lanka, they are marginally behind the hosts, winning 23 of the 57 matches played.