India squad for South Africa Test series announced

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India squad for South Africa Test series announced

Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) on Monday announced Indian Cricket team squad for Sri Lanka's T20s and three-match Test series against South Africa.

Parthiv Patel, who played his last Test in November 2016 against England also made a comeback to the Test side.

The four frontline pacers - Umesh Yadav, Mohammed Shami, Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Ishant Sharma - were certainties like spinners Ravichandran Ashwin and Ravindra Jadeja.

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.

Sri Lanka are probably sick of the sight of Virat Kohli, so confirmation the India captain will be rested for the upcoming Twenty20 matches will come as welcome news for the tourists.

Hardik Pandya is the only genuine all-rounder while Parthiv Patel, after his gutsy show against England a year ago, had booked his tickets for the South Africa bound flight.

"If you see Bumrah's performance in the last 18 months, it's been wonderful", said chairman of selection committee MSK Prasad. Considering his Ranji Trophy performances a year ago, where he bowled brilliantly the whole season.

"There was no doubt in picking Bumrah because he definitely adds variety to pace attack".

Parthiv Patel will also travel to South Africa as a backup wicket-keeper to Wridhhiman Saha.

India has included seven pacers and two spinners for South Africa Tests.

The squad for T20Is: Rohit Sharma (Capt), Rahul, Shreyas, Manish, Dinesh Karthik, MS Dhoni, Hardik, W Sundar, Yuzvendra, Kuldeep, Deepak Hooda, Bumrah, M Siraj, Basil Thampi, Jaydev Unadkat.

In the new look T20 squad, selectors have picked Kerala fast bowler Thampi known for his toe-crushing yorkers while Hooda, originally from Haryana, plays for Baroda at domestic level.

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