Rohit, Hardik back for Sri Lanka Tests
India's selectors have recalled middle-order batsman Rohit Sharma and uncapped allrounder Hardik Pandya to the Test squad for the upcoming tour of Sri Lanka, while retaining Abhinav Mukund as the reserve opener. Kuldeep Yadav retains his place as the third spinner behind R Ashwin and Ravindra Jadeja, having claimed four wickets on debut in Dharamsala in March, and KL Rahul is slated to play his first international match since the fourth Test against Australia in late March, having completed his rehabilitation from injury. The Sri Lanka tour marks India's return to Test cricket after a four-month gap from when they regained the Border-Gavaskar Trophy in March. From that squad, Karun Nair has made way for the returning Rohit, who has not played a Test since October on account of a leg injury and subsequent rehabilitation; the off-spinning allrounder Jayant Yadav and uncapped batsman Shreyas Iyer have also been dropped. Pandya, a regular in India's ODI and T20I squads, has previously been a part of the Test setup but has not received his maiden cap on account of injury last season. He adds strength to a pace-bowling unit comprising Ishant Sharma, Umesh Yadav, Mohammed Shami and Bhuvneshwar Kumar.