Hardik is reported to have hurt a finger on his left hand during the final T20I against New Zealand at Thiruvananthapuram, when attempting to stop a shot from Colin de Grandhomme off his own bowling. Pandya appeared to be in excruciating pain after being hit, but completed the over.
Hardik Pandya rested for first two Tests against Sri Lanka
A BCCI press release said: “The all-India senior selection committee, in consultation with the Indian team management, has decided to rest all-rounder Hardik Pandya for the upcoming Paytm Test series against Sri Lanka. Mr. Pandya was named in the squad for the first two Tests. Considering Mr. Pandya’s recent workload, the decision was made to negate any possibility of a major injury concern.”
The selection committee has not named a replacement.