Left-arm spinner Axar Patel will replace all-rounder Ravindra Jadeja in the Indian team for the third and final test against Sri Lanka at Pallekele, the Indian cricket board said on Wednesday.
Shortly after bowling India to a comprehensive victory in the Colombo test on Sunday that gave the tourists an unassailable 2-0 series lead, Jadeja was suspended for the Pallekele match having accumulated six demerit points inside a 24-month period.
During Sri Lanka’s second innings, Jadeja fielded a ball off his own bowling and threw it at batsman Malinda Pushpakumara “in a dangerous manner”, according to the on-field umpires.
The 23-year-old Patel, like Jadeja a left-arm spinner, has played 30 one-day internationals and must beat left-arm wrist-spinner to the second spinner’s place to make his test debut in the dead rubber.
Jadeja is currently the top ranked test bowler as well as top test all-rounder but Ravichandran Ashwin remains India’s spin spearhead.