Big picture Ravindra Jadeja's superlative all-round show in Mohali meant Sri Lanka were no match for India in the first Test, and as the caravan moves to Bengaluru for the pink-ball contest, the hosts look even stronger. Axar Patel has recovered from a shin injury and a bout of Covid-19, and if he replaces Jayant Yadav in the XI, it would be an upgrade in both batting and bowling.
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Axar Patel is back in India's squad for the second Test against Sri Lanka, which is set to begin on March 12 in Bengaluru. The left-arm orthodox spinner has replaced the left-arm wristspinner Kuldeep Yadav, who has been released from the squad. Axar was unavailable for the first Test in Mohali - which India won by an innings, wrapping up the match inside three days - with ESPNcricinfo learning he was recovering from a shin injury as well as a recent bout of Covid-19.
Rohit Sharma is fit again and will lead India in the home series against West Indies starting February 6. The series comprises three ODIs and three T20Is and will see the return of Kuldeep Yadav as well. The left-arm wristspinner has not played any kind of competitive cricket for the last six months, but India are in dire need of wicket-taking options in the middle overs and he has a record of being just that.
Virat Kohli is no longer the Indian captain, but the spotlight simply fails to elude him with the former captain getting serious flak on social media for chewing gum during the national anthem ahead of the third ODI in Cape Town. Having lost the first two ODIs, the third game in Cape Town saw India make a series of changes to their playing XI – Suryakumar Yadav, Jayant Yadav, Prasidh Krishna and Deepak Chahar come in for Venkatesh Iyer, R Ashwin, Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Shardul Thakur.
Jayant Yadav and Navdeep Saini have been added to India's squad for the ODI series against South Africa, starting on January 19. Jayant has been added to India's ODI squad as a replacement for Washington Sundar, who tested positive for COVID-19 back in India. Sundar was supposed to board the flight to Cape Town along with other members of the ODI squad on Wednesday.
Jayant Yadav has been named as replacement for Washington Sundar, who recently tested positive for Covid-19, for the three-match ODI series in South Africa starting January 19 in Paarl. Navdeep Saini has also been added to the 50-over squad as cover for Mohammed Siraj, who is recovering from the hamstring injury he had picked up in the second Test against South Africa.