Hardik Pandya rested for Sri Lanka Test series

The all-rounder will undergo a period of strength at conditioning at the National Cricket Academy in Bengaluru to negate any possibility of a major injury concern.

India all-rounder Hardik Pandya has been rested for the upcoming Test matches against Sri Lanka.   -  B. Jothi Ramalingam

India all-rounder Hardik Pandya has been rested for the upcoming Test matches against Sri Lanka. The All-India Senior Selection Committee, in consultation with the Indian team management, has decided on the omission.

A statement from the Board said, "Considering Mr Pandya’s heavy recent workload, the decision was made to negate any possibility of a major injury concern. Mr Pandya will undergo a period of strength at conditioning at the National Cricket Academy in Bengaluru."

Earlier, Pandya was named in the squad for the first two Tests. The first Test starts in Kolkata on November 14.

Squad for the first two Tests: Virat Kohli (captain), KL Rahul, M Vijay, Shikhar Dhawan, Cheteshwar Pujara, Ajinkya Rahane (vice-captain), Rohit Sharma, Wriddhiman Saha (wk), R Ashwin, Ravindra Jadeja, Kuldeep Yadav, Mohammed Shami, Umesh Yadav, Bhuvaneshwar Kumar and Ishant Sharma.

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