Team India has to play the second test match against Sri Lanka in Bangalore. Ahead of this Day-Night Test match, Chinaman spinner Kuldeep Yadav has been dropped from the Indian Test team. Axar Patel has been included in the Test team in place of Kuldeep Yadav who is now fully fit.
The Indian team management decided to drop Kuldeep Yadav because Axar Patel has become fit. Akshar Patel was associated with Team India in Mohali itself. India defeated Sri Lanka by an innings and 222 runs in the Mohali Test match.
Talking about Axar Patel, he was running out of the team for a long time due to injury and he could not go with Team India on the South Africa tour. After that he could not play against West Indies as well as he could not take part in T20 series against Sri Lanka. Axar Patel, now fully fit, could not even play in the first test match against Sri Lanka.
The Indian team management is of the view that there is no need for three left-arm spinners in the team. Ravindra Jadeja is already in the team and with Akshar’s arrival, there will be two left-arm spinners. At the same time, R Ashwin and Jayant Yadav are also already in the team.
A BCCI source told PTI that Axar Patel was the selectors’ first choice, but as he was recovering, Kuldeep Yadav was kept as a backup in the team. Now that Akshar Patel has come fit, Kuldeep Yadav has been released. The second test match between India and Sri Lanka will be played from March 12.