IndvsSl- Indian Cricket team batsman Murali Vijay makes a comeback to the India Test squad at the expense of Abhinav Mukund, while the MSK Prasad-led selection panel on Monday (October 23) also included Ishant Sharma in the 16-member squad for the first two Tests of the three-match series against Sri Lanka.
Vijay recently had to retired hurt after twisting his ankle during the second innings of Tamil Nadu’s Ranji Trophy opener against Andhra and the right-handed opener had to miss the next game against Tripura. With the Test series against Sri Lanka scheduled to get underway from November 16, more than three weeks from today, Vijay has adequate time to get match fit.
Mukund, who was part of the India squad as a replacement for Vijay during the Australia series as well as the Sri Lanka tour, last featured in the Galle Test in which he scored 81 in the second innings. However, he had to make way for KL Rahul for the next two Tests, with the Indian team management preferring the pair of Rahul and Dhawan to handle the opening duties. The left-hander recently scored two half-centuries in three Ranji innings but the selectors have overlooked him in favour of his Tamil Nadu team-mate.
Squad for first two Tests: Murali Vijay, KL Rahul, Shikhar Dhawan, Cheteshwar Pujara, Virat Kohli (c), Ajinkya Rahane, Hardik Pandya, Rohit Sharma, Wriddhiman Saha (wk), R Ashwin, Ravindra Jadeja, Kuldeep Yadav, Mohammed Shami, Umesh Yadav, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Ishant Sharma.