Yuvraj was part of the team during the tour of West Indies last month, but missed out after playing the first three ODIs, due to an injury.
Earlier, it was believed that there will be a quiet number of changes in the Indian squad, with likes of Virat Kohli, R Ashwin and Ravindra Jadeja likely to a get well-deserved break. Yorker specialist Jasprit Bumrah, along with middle-order batsman Kedar Jadhav and former skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni, will be back in the squad. Karnataka batsman Manish Pandey and Mumbai's Shardul Thakur were included in the 15-man squad announced after a two-hour long selection meeting. Rohit Sharma is a certainty to again wear the blue jersey, but it's still not known whether the selectors would rest Rahul despite being fully fit.
The selectors made a decision to rest four frontline bowlers - Mohammed Shami, Ravichandran Ashwin, Umesh Yadav and Ravindra Jadeja.
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The selectors have gone in with a young spinners - Kuldeep Yadav and Yuzvendra Chahal with Axar Patel to support them.
Shardul Thakur, who bagged 9 wickets in the four List A matches he played from July end to August has been drafted alongside Akshar, who has picked up 7 wickets but is expected to turn things around in Sri Lanka.
Yuvraj Singh and wicketkeepers Dinesh Karthik and Rishabh Pant have been omitted from India's squad for the limited-overs leg of the Sri Lanka tour. While the ODI series conclude on September 3, the one-off T2) will be played on September 6.