The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) has announced Team India's squad for the upcoming home series against South Africa. The BCCI took to their official Twitter handle to announce the squad for the three-match T20Is. Take a look.
India’s squad for 3 T20Is against South Africa: Virat(Capt), Rohit (vc), KL Rahul, Shikhar Dhawan, Shreyas, Manish Pandey, Rishabh Pant (WK), Hardik Pandya, Ravindra Jadeja, Krunal Pandya, Washington Sundar, Rahul Chahar, Khaleel Ahmed, Deepak Chahar, Navdeep Saini#INDvSA— BCCI (@BCCI) August 29, 2019
India will be led by Virat Kohli while Rohit Sharma will be the deputy. Shikhar Dhawan, who had a silent outing in West Indies gets another go to make his bat do the talking. Youngster Shreyas Iyer gets rewards for his splendid outing in the Caribbean while Hardik Pandya makes a comeback after a much-deserved rest. The likes of Hardik Pandya, Ravindra Jadeja, Krunal Pandya, Washington Sundar, Rahul Chahar, Khaleel Ahmed, Deepak Chahar and Navdeep Saini complete the squad. South Africa's bilateral series against India starts from September 15 till October 23. The series will kick off with a three-match T20I series on September 15, 18 and 22 at Dharamshala, Mohali and Bengaluru respectively which will be followed by a three-match Test series which is a part of the ICC World Test Championship 2019-21 cycle. South Africa will come back to India once again in March 2020 for a three-match ODI series. South Africa will be led by Faf du Plessis in Tests and Quinton de Kock in the game's shortest format.
You have heard that right. Young Rishabh Pant has been given another opportunity to prove his mettle as the selectors have chosen the Delhi stumper over his role model MS Dhoni. MS Dhoni had backed out of the ongoing series against West Indies as he wanted to join the Indian Army. After his stint with the army ended, it seemed like MS Dhoni was in the scheme of things for the T20 series against South Africa. However, the selectors had earlier made it clear that Pant might be considered ahead of MS Dhoni in the Indian squad for the shortest format of the game led by Virat Kohli. The Virat Kohli-led Indian team are currently in West Indies where they will be aiming for a complete whitewash by winning the second Test which starts at Jamaica on Friday.