Bumrah, Parthiv picked for South Africa Tests

Violet Powell
December 5, 2017

In Kohli's absence, Rohit Sharma will be leading the ODI series against Sri Lanka.

Kohli has tormented the Sri Lanka bowlers during the ongoing Test series, racking up scores of 104 not out, 213 and 243 in his last three innings.

The frontline pace attack includes the likes of Mohammed Shami, Ishant Sharma, Umesh Yadav, Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Bumrah.

Gujarat speedster Jasprit Bumrah got his maiden call-up in the 17-member Indian Test squad for the South Africa tour while rookies Washington Sundar, Basil Thampi and Deepak Hooda were summoned for the three-match T20 Intern-ationals against Sri Lanka.

Murali Vijay, Shikhar Dhawan and Lokes Rahul will compete for the opening spots while Virat Kohli, Cheteshwar Pujara, Rohit Sharma and Ajinkya Rahane comprise the middle order.

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The 23-year-old Bumrah, who has 52 and 40 wickets respectively from 28 ODIs and 3O T20Is, has not played any first-class cricket this season. All-rounder Vijay Shankar, who was part of the squad for the second and third Tests against Sri Lanka, has also been excluded. It's a unanimous choice and he definitely adds variety. He explained that only two spinners were required for the tour and to select Kuldeep ahead of Jadeja and Ashwin would've been a big ask.

The Indian team will finish their limited overs engagement against the islanders on December 24 (final T20) before they fly off to South Africa on December 27.

"Otherwise, Kuldeep is definitely a top-class bowler and over a period of time we'll see him growing". The MSK Prasad-led selection panel has persisted with the Test regulars for the 17-member squad, which includes seven batsmen, two wicketkeepers, along with the all-round option of Hardik Pandya.

T20I series vs Sri Lanka: Rohit (Capt), Rahul, Shreyas, Manish, Dinesh Karthik, MS Dhoni, Hardik, W Sundar, Yuzvendra, Kuldeep, Deepak Hooda, Bumrah, M Siraj, Basil Thampi, Jaydev Unadkat.

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