Lakshmipathy Balaji is back in Team India. Munaf Patel, who suffered a groin injury, has been replaced by Balaji for the remaining three ODIs in Sri Lanka.
Interestingly, it was in Sri Lanka in 2005 that Balaji last played for India. In 29 ODIs, he has taken 34 wickets atan average of 38.58. He suffered a breakdown in 2006.
Balaji fought his way back from a career-threatening stress fracture of the lower back with strong bowling performances for Tamil Nadu in the Ranji Trophy. He has sustained his form in the Duleep Trophy for South Zone also.