The Indian spin duo of Ravichandran Ashwin and Ravindra Jadeja been recalled in the 16-member national team for the three-match Test series against Sri Lanka, starting November 16 at the Eden Gardens, Kolkata. series against Sri Lanka, beginning November 16 at the Eden Gardens, Kolkata.
Ashwin and Jadeja have been named in the Test team after being neglected, as per the BCCI's rotation policy, for three consecutive limited overs series against Sri Lanka, Australia and now New Zealand.
India has been playing non-stop since the Champions Trophy in England and the team management has resolved to use rotation policy to protect players from fatigue.
Ruminating on the same, National Cricket Selection committee chairman M.S.K. Prasad said that they would proceed to monitor the workload of the players and rotate them accordingly.
"Considering the workload and considering the international schedule we have right now, we are definitely rotating the players. If you see the pattern in which we are selecting the squads, you can clearly see and we will let you know at a appropriate time who is being rotated. One thing is for sure that we are definitely going to rotate and monitor the workload of the players," MSK Prassad said.
Meanwhile, Murali Vijay has also been recalled to the Test squad for the first two matches after having recovered fully from a wrist injury that sent him home from Sri Lanka two months ago.
Axar Patel, who was flown in as a replacement for Ravindra Jadeja for the final Test in Pallekele, has been left out. While Virat Kohli will continue to run the team, Ajinkya Rahane has been appointed as his lieutenant.
Sri Lanka are also scheduled to play three ODIs and three T20Is during the tour which spans 37 days.
India Test squad: Virat Kohli (captain), KL Rahul, Murali Vijay, Shikhar Dhawan,Cheteshwar Pujara, Ajinkya Rahane (vice-captain), Rohit Sharma, Wriddhiman Saha, Ravichandran Ashwin, Ravindra Jadeja, Kuldeep Yadav, Hardik Pandya, Mohammad Shami, Umesh Yadav, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Ishant Sharma .