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Bumrah, Parthiv picked for South Africa Tests

Bumrah, Parthiv picked for South Africa Tests

Pacer Jasprit Bumrah has been included in 17-man India squad for South Africa Test series.

It was earlier expected that the teams would be named on Monday last week, but only the ODI squad for Sri Lanka was named, with Virat Kohli being rested. Rohit Sharma will lead the 15-member squad that has former skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni in it.

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.

The Indian squad apparently comprises of two spinners Ravi Ashwin and Ravindra Jadeja while pace department is fully loaded with six pacers including Pandya.

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.

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"With regard to Bumrah, if we look at his performance in the last 18 months, he has been sensational". Considering his Ranji Trophy performances previous year, where he bowled brilliantly the whole season. "The players have selected themselves", said BCCI chairman of selectors MSK Prasad. It's a unanimous choice and he definitely adds variety.

"I really feel unfortunate for Kuldeep Yadav".

It was earlier reported that following Kohli's concerns about lack of preparation time, a decision will be taken whether some of the Test specialists could be sent to South Africa early to acclimatise with the conditions.

On Parthiv PatelÂ's selection as the second wicketkeeper, Prasad reiterated that he's being seen as the second stumper in the longer version after Wriddhiman Saha.


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