New Delhi: Seamer Lakshmipathy Balaji was on Monday drafted into the Indian team for the rest of the Sri Lanka tour, marking the bowler's return to international cricket after nearly four years.
Balaji, 27, will replace seamer Munaf Patel, who is suffering from a groin injury, for the remaining three one-day matches and a Twenty20 international, the Indian cricket board said in a statement.
Balaji last played for India in a one-day match against Sri Lanka in August 2005, before his career was interrupted by a stress fracture in his back.
The right-arm seamer returned to domestic cricket this season and bowled well enough to force the selectors to recall him as Patel's replacement.
Patel will return home for rehabilitation and is expected to be out of action for seven to 10 days, the statement said.
Balaji, who made his India debut in November 2002, has so far taken 27 wickets in eight Tests and 34 wickets in 29 one-dayers.
Balaji will reach Colombo later on Monday and will be available for the third one-dayer at the Premadasa stadium on Tuesday.
India lead the five-match series 2-0.