Senior Pro Jasprit Bumrah, who was rested for the series against the West Indies has also been included in the 15-man squad for the ODI and Twenty20 series. Yuvraj Singh, who was struggling for the form lately has been dropped from the team. All rounder Yuvraj Singh and batsman Rishabh Pant have been dropped, while in-form Ravindra Jadeja and Ravichandran Ashwin have been rested.
India's set to play five ODIs and a T20I against Sri Lanka, starting from August 20 in Dambulla. Named in India's Champions Trophy squad, Pandey returned to India because of an injury that flared up. The fifth ODI will be played on Sept 3 in Colombo.
Rahul's last limited-overs game for India was against England in the T20I series in January this year as the Karnataka batsman missed the 2017 ICC Champions Trophy and the subsequent West Indies series due to a shoulder injury.
In the bowling department, Axar Patel and Yuzvendra Chahal were picked as the spin-bowling options to go with Kuldeep Yadav, who is already in Sri Lanka for the Test series.
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Will he gel alongside Kante? I am happy with the effort the club did and that the club managed to do 75 per cent of the work before the Premier League starts.
The same squad will represent India in the one-off T20I that follows the ODI series.
India squad: Virat Kohli (c), Shikhar Dhawan, Rohit Sharma (vc), KL Rahul, Manish Pandey, Ajinkya Rahane, Kedar Jadhav, MS Dhoni (wk), Hardik Pandya, Akshar Patel, Kuldeep Yadav, Yuzvendra Chahal, Jasprit Bumrah, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Shardul Thakur.
The T20 match will be played on Sept 6.