It's either Jayant or Axar as Kuldeep's cover for 3rd Test
Left-arm spinner Axar Patel or off-spinner Jayant Yadav could be summoned as the 15th member of the Indian team due to Ravindra Jadeja's suspension from the third Test against Sri Lanka, starting August 12.
While Kuldeep is a certainty in the playing XI for the final Test match, the team management wants to keep a cover for the young chinaman bowler.
Chairman of selectors MSK Prasad is currently in Pallekele for the third Test and is expected to take a call after discussions with coach Ravi Shastri and captain Virat Kohli.
Axar is currently in South Africa, where he is playing the tri-nation one day series of the A teams.
"Since Axar will be finishing his one day engagements by Tuesday evening, he can join the team by Thursday (August 10).
Logically, he is a like for like replacement in absence of Jadeja," a BCCI official, who can't be officially quoted, said.
However Jayant can't be ruled out altogether as he was the part of the Test squad when India last played a Test series against Australia, earlier this year.
Jayant was selected for the South Africa A tour but currently is in India as he recently lost his father. "If one looks at how the selectors have gone about their job, the four premier Test spinners during home series were Ravichandran Ashwin, Jadeja, Jayant and Kuldeep. While Kuldeep is ahead in pecking order, if selectors follow the pattern, then Jayant can also be summoned," the official said.