Bumrah, Parthiv named in 17-member Indian squad for South Africa series

by Antonio Miles December 5, 2017, 2:00
Bumrah, Parthiv named in 17-member Indian squad for South Africa series

The BCCI has announced the squad for the T20I series against Sri Lanka and also for the Test squad that tours South Africa in the beginning of January. Selectors have included uncapped past bowler Jasprit Bumrah and back-up wicketkeeper Parthiv Patel in the squad.

India Test Squad against South Africa: Virat Kohli (c), Murali Vijay, Shikhar Dhawan, KL Rahul, Cheteshwar Pujara, Ajinkya Rahane (vc), Rohit Sharma, Hardik Pandya, Wriddhiman Saha (wk), R Ashwin, Ravindra Jadeja, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Mohammed Shami, Ishant Sharma, Umesh Yadav, Parthiv Patel, Jasprit Bumrah.

Umesh Yadav, Mohammed Shami, Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Ishant Sharma - were also certainties just like spinners Ravichandran Ashwin and Ravindra Jadeja. Considering his performance in Ranji Trophy last season, he bowled brilliantly that whole season.

Bumrah has been phenomenal in the limited overs format for India and was supposed to get his maiden call-up for the Sri Lankan Test series, but as luck would have it he will get a chance to wear the national whites on the Protean soil.

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"If you see Bumrah's performance in the last 18 months, it's been wonderful", said chairman of selection committee MSK Prasad.

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

India will begin their tour of South Africa with a two-day warm-up match at Boland Park in Paarl from December 30-31.

The three Tests will be played at Newlands, Cape Town (Jauary 5 to 9), Centurion (January 13-17) and The Wanderers, Johannesburg (January 24-28). "But considering we're only going to play three Test, considering Kuldeep ahead of No. 1 and No. 2 spinners in the world is a bit of a big ask", added Prasad.


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