India squad for South Africa Test series announced

India tour of South Africa 2018

Virat Kohli will miss the three-match Twenty20 series against Sri Lanka starting on December 20, to help the captain prepare for the tour of South Africa. The last time India toured South Africa in 2013/14, they were beaten 1-0 in a two-match Test series. Bhuvenshwar Kumar, Ishant Sharma, Mohammed Shami, Jasprit Bumrah and Umesh Yadav form the Indian pace battery.

Fast bowler Jasprit Bumrah has earned a maiden call-up to the India's Test squad, after being named in the 17-member team for the three-Test series against South Africa, which starts from January 5 in Cape Town.

The Test squad comprised three openers in Lokesh Rahul, Shikhar Dhawan, Murali Vijay followed by four automatic middle-order picks in Cheteshwar Pujara, skipper Kohli, Ajinkya Rahane and Rohit.

"With regards to Bumrah, if you see his performance in the last 18 months, it has been phenomenal, sensational in ODIs and T20". It was a unanimous choice and we had no doubts about that. "He has not played a lot of competitive cricket lately", Prasad said.

The chairman of selectors also said he was feeling unfortunate to sideline the chinaman bowler Kuldeep Yadav for the Test series.

"The nature of wickets in South Africa will suit his bowling", said Prasad, elaborating on the Gujarat slinger's selection.

The squad features three uncapped players in Washington Sundar, Deepak Hooda and Basil Thampi.

Another surprise was the inclusion of Parthiv Patel, who has been included as the back-up wicketkeeper.

India T20 squad vs Sri Lanka: Rohit Sharma, 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.

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