Kohli to lead for Sri Lanka ODIs; Saha, Ashwin make comeback


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India captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni was rested for the first three One-day Internationals against Sri Lanka next month, and batting mainstay Virat Kohli named to lead the side in his absence.

Bengal's Wriddhiman Saha made a comeback to the 15-member team, in place of Dhoni, for the first three ODIs of the five-match series, which was hastily arranged after the West Indies abruptly called off its tour of India last week.

Ravichandran Ashwin too returned after being rested for the West Indies series, in place of spinner Kuldeep Yadav, while pacer Varun Aaron replaced the injured Mohit Sharma.

Pacer Bhuvneshwar Kumar was the other player left out from the squad that played against the West Indies.

- Name your 30 World Cup probables!

Meanwhile, the five ODIs against Sri Lanka will be held at Cuttack, Hyderabad, Ranchi, Kolkata and Ahmedabad and the detailed itinerary will be announced shortly, BCCI secretary Sanjay Patel said in a release.

Shikhar Dhawan and Ajinkya Rahane have been retained for the opening responsibility while Rohit Sharma, who has recovered from an injury, has been named in the India 'A' team for the practice game against the visiting Sri Lankan team.

Kohli, as usual, will lead the batting in the middle-order; he will be supported by Suresh Raina, Ambati Rayudu, Ravindra Jadeja and Saha.

After a prolonged bad patch, Kohli roared back to form with an elegant century in the fourth ODI against the West Indies in Dharamsala.

Ishant Sharma, who did not play in any of the four games against the West Indies after being picked for the last two ODIs, Mohammad Shami, Umesh Yadav and Aaron will form the pace bowling unit.

The spin department will be manned by Ashwin, Jadeja, Amit Mishra and young Akshar Patel.

Team: Virat Kohli (captain), Shikhar Dhawan, Ajinkya Rahane, Suresh Raina, Ambati Rayudu, Wriddhiman Saha, Ravichandran Ashwin, Ravindra Jadeja, Mohammad Shami, Umesh Yadav, Ishant Sharma, Amit Mishra, Murali Vijay, Varun Aaron, Akshar Patel.

The senior selection committee also announced the India 'A' squad for the one-day practice match against Sri Lanka, to be played at the CCI in Mumbai on October 30.

Manoj Tiwary will lead the side.

Team: Manoj Tiwary (captain), Unmukt Chand, Manan Vohra, Karun Nair, Rohit Sharma, Kedar Jadhav, Sanju Samson, Parvez Rasool, Karn Sharma, Stuart Binny, Dhaval Kulkarni, Jaspreet Bumrah, Manish Pandey, Kuldeep Yadav.

Name your 30 World Cup probables!
Saurav Ganguly is the master architect who created the models for world-beating Indian teams.

'Dada' flung the regional loyalities that have been the bane of Indian sides since the 1930s into the bin and put performance and talent above everything else.

He stuck with players whose skills he had faith in and gave them the room to bloom -- Virender Sehwag, V V S Laxman, Yuvraj Singh, Harbhajan Singh among many others.

On the Star Sports television channel on Tuesday, October 14, Dada drew up his list of 30 probables for next year's World Cup:

Ajinkya Rahane
Rohit Sharma
Shikhar Dhawan
Robin Uthappa
Murli Vijay
Gautam Gambhir
Virat Kohli
Suresh Raina
Yuvraj Singh
Ambati Rayadu
Kedar Jadhav
Manoj Tiwary
K L Rahul
M S Dhoni
Wriddiman Saha
Sanju Samson
Stuart Binny
Ravindra Jadeja
Ravichandran Ashwin
Karn Sharma
Axar Patel
Zaheer Khan
Bhuvanesh Kumar
Mohammad Shammi
Ishant Sharma
Mohit Sharma
Umesh Yadav
Varun Aaron
Dhawal Kulkarni
Pankaj Singh

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