Left-hand opener Gautam Gambhir was on Tuesday dropped for the remaining three matches of the five-Test rubber against England.
While announcing the team, selectors said that seamer Bhuvneshwar Kumar has been recalled to the 16-member Indian squad for the final three Test matches.
Bhuvneshwar, who produced a game-changing five-wicket haul against New Zealand in Kolkata, has been out of action for more than six weeks due to a back injury.
Post recovery, he played a Ranji Trophy match against Mumbai according to team protocol. He took wickets in the match and bowled a total of 36 overs (13 in first innings and 23 in the second innings).
While spinners have dominated India's bowling composition, Bhuvneshwar's variations and his recent match-winning exploits in Test cricket gives skipper Virat Kohli another option with four specialist pacers in the squad.
For the 35-year-old Gambhir, a veteran of 58 Tests, it could well be the end of the road as far as his international career is concerned. Gambhir, who managed just 29 and 0 in the first game against England at Rajkot, was released from the squad just before the second Test once Karnataka batsman Lokesh Rahul returned after recovering from a hamstring injury.
Murali Vijay is an assured presence at the top of the order and a fit Shikhar Dhawan means the reserve opener's slot is for Rahul. Also Dhawan is still an important fixture in the limited overs format where he has an impressive record.
All the permutations and combinations do indicate that Gambhir, who has played a key role in two World Cup finals (World T20 in 2007 and World Cup 2011) may well have ran his last lap as far as the national team is concerned.
Squad: Virat Kohli (captain), Ajinkya Rahane (Vice-Captain), KL Rahul, Murali Vijay, Cheteshwar Pujara, Karun Nair, Wriddhiman Saha (Wicket Keeper), Ravichandran Ashwin, Ravindra Jadeja, Jayant Yadav, Amit Mishra, Mohammed Shami, Umesh Yadav, Ishant Sharma, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Hardik Pandya.
With PTI Inputs