India named their Test squad for the three-match Test series against South Africa scheduled to begin after the end of the T20 series later in September. KL Rahul, who performer miserably in the tour against West Indies, was dropped from the Test side. Meanwhile, chief selector MSK Prasad revealed to Republic TV that Rohit Sharma would be considered as an opener for the side, ending speculations of when the 'Hit Man' was going to be given a chance. Pacer Mohammad Shami was also included in the squad despite an arrest warrant issued against him by the court on the allegations of domestic violence by his wife. Shubman Gill was finally included in the Test squad after many hues and cry over his stellar performances for the India A side. India is also mulling the thought of having Wriddhaman Saha as their Test wicketkeeper following a string of poor shows from young Rishabh Pant and have included Saha also in the Test squad.
India’s squad for 3 Tests: Virat Kohli (Captain), Mayank Agarwal, Rohit Sharma, Cheteshwar Pujara, Ajinkya Rahane (vice-captain), Hanuma Vihari, Rishabh Pant (Wicket-keeper), Wriddhiman Saha (Wicket-keeper), Ravichandran Ashwin, Ravindra Jadeja, Kuldeep Yadav, Mohammed Shami, Jasprit Bumrah, Ishant Sharma, Shubman Gill
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.