New Delhi - India's selectors took a cue from Pakistan on Thursday when they
recalled leg-spinner Amit Mishra after four years for next month's
three-Test series in Sri Lanka.
Mishra, 32, who has taken 43 wickets in 13 matches, last played a Test at the Oval during the England tour in 2011.
the success of Pakistani leg-spinner Yasir Shah during the recent
series in Sri Lanka, where he claimed 24 wickets to lead his team to a
2-1 win, prompted the selectors to go with Mishra.
how the Sri Lankan batsmen fared against Pakistan, our preference was
for Mishra who has also done well in domestic cricket," chairperson of
selectors Sandeep Patil told reporters in New Delhi.
partner two off-spinners - Harbhajan Singh and Ravichandran Ashwin - in India's first Test-series in the island nation since 2010, when the
three-match series ended in a 1-1 draw.
Mishra replaces injured
leg-spinner Karn Sharma in the only change to the 15-man squad selected
for the rain-ruined drawn Test in Bangladesh in June.
Young batsman Lokesh Rahul, who missed the Bangladesh trip due to dengue fever, was back as one of the seven specialist batsmen.
squad includes four seamers in Ishant Sharma, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Umesh
Yadav and Varun Aaron to perform on wickets that usually assist early
bounce and seam movement.
The series will mark the end of the
international career of Sri Lankan batting great Kumar Sangakkara, who
will retire after playing the first two Tests.
left-hander is Test cricket's leading scorer among players who are still
active, with 12 305 runs from 132 matches at an average of 58.04 with
With the Indian board still to name a successor to
coach Duncan Fletcher, whose term ended after the World Cup in
February-March, former Test captain Ravi Shastri will head the squad as
Shastri will be assisted by three assistant coaches
in Sanjay Bangar (batting), Bharat Arun (bowling) and Ramakrishnan
India's tour opens with a three-day warm-up
match select team at the Premadasa stadium in Colombo from August 6
before the first Test gets under way in Galle on August 12.
remaining two Tests will be played in Colombo, at the P. Sara Oval from
August 20 and the Sinhalese Sports Club from August 28.
The tour does not feature any one-day or Twenty20 matches.India's Test squad: Virat Kohli (captain), Murali Vijay, Shikhar Dhawan, Lokesh Rahul, Cheteshwar Pujara, Ajinkya Rahane, Rohit Sharma, Wriddhiman Saha, Ravichandran Ashwin, Harbhajan Singh, Amit Mishra, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Umesh Yadav, Varun Aaron, Ishant Sharma.