Kohli back for South Africa series, Thakur and Shami recalled

24 December, 2017, 03:18 | Author: Kim Reid
  • India captain Rohit Sharma won the toss and opted to bowl vs Sri Lanka in the third and final T20 at the Wankhede Stadium

Kohli was rested for the limited overs encounters with Sri Lanka and got married during his break. Whereas, Rohit Sharma will be the vice-captain.

Jasprit Bumrah, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Mohammad Shami and Shardul Thakur complete the pace attack with Hardik Pandya as the back-up.

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However, the selectors continued to ignore spinners R Ashwin and Ravindra Jadeja, who are part of the squad that will feature in the Test series against the Proteas to be played ahead of the limited-overs series.

The biggest surprise is the selection of Kedar Jadhav in the squad after the all-rounder was dropped for the Sri Lanka series after a suffering a hamstring injury. It was young Washington Sundar who received his maiden call-up in place of injured Jadhav. The Indian selectors left Umesh Yadav out while including Mohammed Shami in the squad.

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In spite of clearing the Yo-Yo Test, there was no place for both Suresh Raina and Yuvraj Singh as the duo have been struggling to score in the domestic circuit. The fact that he was impressive the last time around India toured South Africa must have gone in favour of him. The first match will be played in Durban.

India squad for ODIs vs South Africa: Virat Kohli (captain), Rohit Sharma (vice-captain), Shikhar Dhawan, Ajinkya Rahane, Shreyas Iyer, Manish Pandey, Kedar Jadhav, Dinesh Karthik, MS Dhoni (wicketkeeper), Axar Patel, Yuzvendra Chahal, Kuldeep Yadav, Jasprit Bumrah, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Hardik Pandya, Mohammed Shami, Shardul Thakur.

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