Bhuvneshwar will miss the remaining two Tests against Sri Lanka while Dhawan will be available for selection for the third Test, a BCCI media release stated on Monday (November 20).
The duo has been released following a request owing to personal reasons. Bhuvneshwar, who is set to be married on November 23, would be replaced by Vijay Shankar, the Tamil Nadu all-rounder. In Dhawan’s absence, Murali Vijay is likely to be brought back to fill the opener’s position.
India squad for the second Test: Virat Kohli (c), KL Rahul, Murali Vijay, Cheteshwar Pujara, Ajinkya Rahane, Rohit Sharma, Wriddhiman Saha (wk), Ravichandran Ashwin, Ravindra Jadeja, Kuldeep Yadav, Mohammed Shami, Umesh Yadav, Ishant Sharma, Vijay Shankar.