No surprises in India squad for South Africa Tests

All-rounder Hardik Pandya, who had asked for a break from the ongoing Test series at home against Sri Lanka, returns to the squad for the three Test series against South Africa in 2018. Jasprit Bumrah has also made it to the Test squad for the first time.

India Test team.   -  AFP

Jasprit Bumrah finds a place in the Indian team for the three-match Test series against South Africa starting in January. The national selectors on Monday announced a 17-member team, which included Parthiv Patel as the reserve wicketkeeper.

The selectors also picked the T20 team for the series against Sri Lanka and recognised consistency in domestic cricket by including Tamil Nadu all-rounder Washington Sundar, Kerala speedster Basil Thampi and Baroda’s hard-hitting batsman Deepak Hooda.

Saurashtra left-arm seamer Jaydev Unadkat makes a comeback after last playing for India in the T20 against Zimbabwe at Harare in June 2016. Thampi, 24, Sundar, 18, and Hooda, 22, are yet to earn international colours.

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“We picked Bumrah because he adds variety to the attack. He has been in excellent form with the ball too. We felt he bowls the length that is needed when playing overseas. Parthiv had done well against England but had to make way for (Wriddhiman) Saha,” said National selection committee chairman M. S. K. Prasad.

Yuvraj Singh was discussed too but Prasad said, “He has cleared the fitness test but we want to see him match-fit. The more he plays good for him.

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.