Kohli, Dhoni rested for T20 tri-series in Sri Lanka


New Delhi: Skipper Virat Kohli along with senior most player Mahendra Singh Dhoni were prominent among the host of players rested for the T20 tri-series in Sri Lanka, starting from March 6.

Rohit Sharma will lead a second-string team comprising the leading performers in domestic (Syed Mushtaq Ali T20 and IPL) tournaments.

Shikhar Dhawan will be his deputy in a side that has as many as six changes.

“MS Dhoni was not available for selection as he had requested for rest,” national selector MSK Prasad was quoted as saying in a press release.

On predicted lines, top fast bowling duo of Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Jasprit Bumrah have been rested along with all-rounder Hardik Pandya after they shared enormous workload on the South Africa tour.

Coming back in the team are prolific keeper batsman  Rishabh Pant, after a solid season in white-ball cricket including centuries in both national T20s and One-dayers.

Off-spinner Washington Sundar, pacer Mohammed Siraj and all-rounder Deepak Hooda are back in the side after the home series against Sri Lanka.

All-rounder Vijay Shankar is the like for like replacement for Pandya.

Dinesh Karthik is the first keeper while Pant may play as a pure batsman.

The prominent performer to miss out was Mayank Agarwal who scored 2000 plus runs in the season.

Squad: Rohit Sharma (Captain), Shikhar Dhawan (vice-captain), KL Rahul, Suresh Raina, Manish Pandey, Dinesh Karthik (wk), Deepak Hooda, Washington Sundar, Yuzvendra Chahal, Axar Patel, Vijay Shankar, Shardul Thakur, Jaydev Unadkat, Mohammad Siraj, Rishabh Pant (wk).


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