The 33-year-old, who rose to fame in the bantamweight 56kg category, has moved up a division to 60kg for the September 19 to October 4 event, the two-day trials for which ended in Patiala.
"I am back and I promise temperature inside the ring will go up when I step in," the boxer, known for his daredevil style of fighting with an open guard, said after his selection.
In the women's team, five-time world champion M C Mary Kom (51kg) has made the cut, putting behind the disappointment of her omission from the Commonwealth Games squad. She had lost to eventual bronze-medallist Pinki Jangra in the trials.
CWG silver-medallist L Sarita Devi took the 60kg spot as expected.
But the star of the day was undoubtedly the comeback-man Akhil, a 2006 Commonwealth Games gold-medallist and 2008 Olympic quarter-finalist, who had been laid low by a string of injuries, which forced him to skip the trials for the 2012 London Olympics.
But the experienced pugilist's never-say-die spirit finally paid off as he impressed one and all at the Asian Games trials in Patiala.
Akhil got the better of medallist Vikas Malik in a convincing manner before winning the final bout against Rohit Tokas.
"It was important to fight hard and prove it to myself and nobody else that what I had been trying for, and all my efforts were working towards the right direction," said the World Cup bronze-medallist, who credited his wife Poonam Beniwal for being his biggest support system through the tough period.
"She has been the backbone of my efforts and I know this is as much her achievement as it is mine,” he said.
"Through moments of self-doubt, through times where too many thoughts have cluttered my mind, I feel today I have fought through all of them. It was not about being negative, but at times, your will and your results go in opposite directions. I had to fight through all of it, and I thank God for giving me the strength to be able to do so," he added.

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