BCCI announce Team India squad for South Africa Test tour,Pandya Returns
New Delhi: The final match of the three-Test series between India and Sri Lanka is being played at Delhi’s Ferozeshah Kotla Stadium from Saturday. Team India will tour South Africa from December 30 after the Tests, ODIs and T-20 series against Sri Lanka.
The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) announced the India cricket team squad for the South Africa tour and The selectors also picked the T20 team for the series against Sri Lanka .
The first Test match between South Africa and India starts January 5 and the final Test match scheduled for January 24.
Bumrah has got the chance on the back of some great limited-overs performances, on regular basis while Parthiv Patel is also included as a backup wicketkeeping option for Wriddhiman Saha. Hardik Pandya returned to the Test squad after being rested for the Sri Lanka Test series.
Kuldeep Yadav and Vijay Shankar, who were part of the team for the Sri Lanka Tests, did not find a place in the squad.
“If you see Bumrah’s performance in the last 18 months, it’s been wonderful. He’s been sensational, bowling outstandingly well in both one-dayers and T20s”said BCCI of selectors MSK Prasad at press conference in New Delhi.
Prasad also said “When you go to South Africa, you need two wicketkeepers. We cannot take a chance. When we gave him (Parthiv Patel) a chance against England, he performed beyond our expectations, He is the second best option we have right now.
Full squad for the South Africa Tour: Virat Kohli (Capt), Murali Vijay, K.L. Rahul, Shikhar Dhawan, Cheteshwar Pujara, Ajinkya Rahane (vc), Rohit Sharma, Wriddhiman Saha (wk), Ravichandran Ashwin, Ravindra Jadeja, Parthiv Patel, Hardik Pandya, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Mohammad Shami, Ishant Sharma, Umesh Yadav, Jasprit Bumrah.
The selectors also announced team for the three-match T20I series against Sri Lanka. Rohit Sharma was named the captain. The T20I series between India and Sri Lanka, meanwhile, is scheduled on December 20, 22 and 24. The matches are slated to take place in Cuttack, Indore and Mumbai.
Squad for T20I series against Sri Lanka: Rohit Sharma (captain), KL Rahul, Shreyas Iyer, Manish Pandey , Dinesh Karthik, MS Dhoni, Hardik Pandya, Washington Sundar, Yuzvendra Chahal, Kuldeep Yadav, Deepak Hooda, Jasprit Bumrah, Mohammed Siraj, Basil Thampi, Jaydev Unadkat.