August 9, 2017, 12:33 pm
The All-India Senior Selection Committee on Tuesday named Axar Patel as the replacement for Ravindra Jadeja in the team for the 3rd Test at Pallekele International Cricket Stadium, reports Hindustan Times.
Ravindra Jadeja had picked up a suspension for throwing the ball at Malinda Pushpakumara when the Sri Lankan had not left his crease. This was deemed dangerous by the on-field umpires.
Axar Patel, 23, has played 30 one-day internationals and is now in line for his debut Test if he is picked for the match in Pallekele, starting Saturday.
Ravindra Jadeja, the world’s top Test bowler, was slapped with a one-Test ban for a dangerous throw during his match-winning performance in the second Test in Colombo.
He was also docked half his match fee by the International Cricket Council over the incident, which was his second transgression within a 24-month period.
India squad for 3rd Test
Virat Kohli (Captain), Shikhar Dhawan, KL Rahul, Cheteshwar Pujara, Ajinkya Rahane (vice captain), Rohit Sharma, R Ashwin, Axar Patel, W Saha (wk), Ishant Sharma, Umesh Yadav, Hardik Pandya, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, M Shami, Kuldeep Yadav, Abhinav Mukund.
Virat Kohli-led India are eyeing a series sweep after taking an unassailable 2-0 lead when they completed an innings win in Colombo on Sunday.
The 3rd Test is set to begin on August 12, 2017.