India squad for South Africa Tests & Lanka T20Is - Complete List

India squad for South Africa Tests & Lanka T20Is - Complete List

Last Updated: Mon, Dec 04, 2017 20:49 hrs
Rohit Sharma Eden Gardens

The BCCI on Monday evening announced the Indian squad for the Paytm Twenty20 Internationals against Sri Lanka, starting December 20.

Skipper Virat Kohli, who was rested for the One Day Internationals was not recalled into the squad.

So, Rohit Sharma will lead the 15-member squad in absence of Kohli in the three T20s.

The first match will be played in Cuttack, followed by games in Indore and Visakhapatnam.

India Squad for Lanka T20s:

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, M Siraj, Basil Thampi, Jaydev Unadkat

The selectors included veteran wicket-keeper-batsman Parthiv Patel and paceman Jasprit Bumrah in the 17-member squad for the three-match Test series against South Africa.

India Squad for South Africa Tests

Virat Kohli (Captain), Murali Vijay, KL Rahul, Shikhar Dhawan, Cheteshwar Pujara, Ajinkya Rahane (Vice Captain), Rohit Sharma, Wriddhiman Saha (wk), Ravichandran Ashwin, Ravindra Jadeja, Parthiv Patel, Hardik Pandya, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Mohammed Shami, Ishant Sharma, Umesh Yadav, Jasprit Bumrah

Announcing the squad, BCCI chairman of selectors MSK Prasad said this is the best balanced side for the tour.

"This is the best balanced side, I am sure this team will really do well," he told reporters after the selection committee meeting here.

"With regard to Bumrah if you see his performance for the past 10-12 months, he has been phenomenal. It's a unanimous choice and he definitely adds variety.

Commenting on chinaman Kuldeep Yadav's absence from the squad, Prasad said: "Definitely feel unfortunate for Kuldeep Yadav but selecting him over the World No 1 & 2 bowlers (Ravichandran Ashwin & Ravindra Jadeja) won't be fair."

The team will leave for South Africa on December 27.The much-awaited squad that will make the trip to South Africa too was named.

The Test series would be preceded by a two-day warm-up match at Boland Park, Paarl. The first Test match will be played from January 5 at Newlands, Cape Town, followed by the second match from January 13 at Centurion and finally ending with the showdown at Johannesburg slated from January 24.

The first ODI will be played on February 1 at Durban. It will be followed by the second ODI at Centurion on February 4, the third at Cape Town on February 7, the fourth at Johannesburg on February 10, the fifth at Port Elizabeth on February 13 and finally the two teams would head to Centurion again for the sixth and final ODI on February 16.

India head coach Ravi Shastri last week said that the upcoming tour of South Africa, starting next month, will be a good opportunity for the Kohli-led side to prove themselves. Despite India not having a great record to show in South Africa, the former India skipper felt that the current team does have the potential to give a tough fight to the Proteas during the tour, comprising three Tests, six One-day Internationals and three T20 Internationals.

"South Africa tour will be an opportunity to prove ourselves. The key to success abroad is consistency. And this team has it in them to win abroad. I don't see any reason why these boys can't perform," Shastri said at the CNN-News18 Indian of the Year 2017.

Currently on a roll after back-to-back victories against Australia, New Zealand, Sri Lanka and the West Indies, India are locked in the final home battle against the islanders before flying to Johannesburg.

With Agency Inputs

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