Axar Patel replaces Kuldeep Yadav in Indian squad for second Test

Axar Patel
Axar Patel has regained fitness in time for the second Test. File photo: AFP/Punit Paranjpe

Bengaluru: Fit-again all-rounder Axar Patel has replaced left-arm wrist spinner Kuldeep Yadav for India's second Test against Sri Lanka, beginning here on Saturday.

The Indian team management has released Kuldeep from the squad.

A shin injury had forced Axar to miss the South Africa tour and the T20I series against the West India. He had also tested positive for COVID-19 recently.

"Axar was the first choice but had to undergo recovery and hence Kuldeep was a back up," a BCCI source told PTI.

"Now Axar is fit and back so Kuldeep has been released," the source added.

At the time of announcing the squad for the two-Test series against Sri Lanka, the BCCI had said Axar was expected to be fit for the second game.

Kuldeep last played a Test in February, 2021.

India won the first Test against Sri Lanka by an innings and 222 runs to take 1-0 lead in the two-match series.

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