Published: Tue, December 05, 2017
Research | By Jennifer Evans

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

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

Selectors meanwhile continued to rest star batsman Kohli for the three-match Twenty20 series against Sri Lanka starting on December 20, keeping in mind the gruelling tour of South Africa. The national selectors on Monday announced a 17-member team, which included Parthiv Patel as the reserve wicketkeeper. The four pacers - Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Mohammed Shami, Ishant Sharma and Umesh Yadav are automatic picks.

For Tests, the core of the team is more or less settled, with three openers and the in-form middle-order selecting themselves.

"There was no doubt in picking Bumrah because he definitely adds variety to pace attack. And considering the nature of wickets that they are (in South Africa), it will suit the nature of his bowling", Prasad said.

"I really feel unfortunate for Kuldeep Yadav".

India captain Virat Kohli, who has been playing non-stop cricket since IPL, will be given a month's break to recharge his batteries before the all-important South Africa tour.

Bumrah's inclusion though meant that left-arm wrist spinner Kuldeep Yadav, despite the promise he has shown at this level, would miss out, which always seemed the case, as a third spinner is mostly redundant in overseas climes, and more so when one of Ravindra Jadeja and Ravichandran Ashwin is likely to sit out out of the eleven.

"Otherwise, Kuldeep is definitely a top-class bowler and over a period of time we'll see him growing". Wriddhiman Saha will travel as the first-choice wicketkeeper with Parthiv as back-up.

The squad features three uncapped players in Washington Sundar, Deepak Hooda and Basil Thampi.

Washington, the 18-year old talented off-spinner all- rounder, was one of the finds of the last IPL for Rising Pune Supergiants.

India will begin their tour of South Africa with a two-day warm-up match at Boland Park in Paarl from December 30-31. "His domestic performances are also equally good".

Test squad: Virat (Capt), Vijay, Rahul, Shikhar, Pujara, Rahane, Rohit, Saha (wk), Ashwin, Jadeja, Parthiv, Hardik, Bhuvneshwar, Shami, Ishant, Umesh, Bumrah.

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