Indian ODI squad for South Africa series announced; Umesh Yadav, KL Rahul misses out


  • Indian ODI squad for South Africa series announced; Umesh Yadav, KL Rahul misses out
24-12-2017 | Pratidin Bureau. |

Middle-order batsman Kedar Jadhav and speedster Shardul Thakur were back in the 17-member India squad for the six-match ODI series from February 2018 in South Africa while Umesh Yadav and KL Rahul were overlooked for the series.

As many as ten frontline batsmen, including Hardik Pandya and MS Dhoni, are part of a batting heavy 17-member India squad announced by the MSK Prasad-led selection panel on Saturday.

Suresh Raina and Yuvraj Singh continued to be ignored despite clearing yo-yo tests and overcoming fitness issues and so were Ravichandran Ashwin and Ravindra Jadeja, who have lost their places to Kuldeep Yadav and Yuzvendra Chahal. The two young wrist spinners were rewarded for their impressive ODI form.

Chairman of selectors MSK Prasad made it clear that Mahendra Singh Dhoni is set to continue till the 2019 World Cup. "I think MS Dhoni still remains the No 1 wicket-keeper in the world and day in and day out we have been saying this. In the current T20 series (against Sri Lanka), the stumpings he has effected and caught-behind he has taken are phenomenal," Prasad said.

India squad: Virat Kohli (c) Rohit Sharma, Shikhar Dhawan, Ajinkya Rahane, Shreyas Iyer, Manish Pandey, Kedar Jadhav, Dinesh Karthik, MS Dhoni (wk), Hardik Pandya, Axar Patel, Kuldeep Yadav, Yuzvendra Chahal, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Jasprit Bumrah, Mohammed Shami, Shardul Thakur

Tags : Indian ODI squad India vs South Africa 2018 India's tour of South Africa 2018 India Cricket


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