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Monday, 9 March 2020

India Vs South Africa, March 2020: Indian Squad Announced

The Indian team for the three match ODI series against South Africa was announced recently. Bhubaneswar Kumar makes a return to the squad at the expense of  Shardhul Thakur. Bhuvi has been under injury on a continuous basis recently and India has missed his swinging deliveries in NewZealand .  Navdeep Saini has been retained in the squad and the youngster definitely deserve the chance. He needs to be groomed well and he can definitely reach great heights. Kedar Jhadav was dropped from the squad after some dismal performances off late. Mayank Agarwal too found the selection process going against his interests as he was dropped from the side. His fellow opener Prithwi Shaw however managed to cling to the side in the absence of injured Rohit Sharma. Prithwi needs to make it count and make a mark in this series.
Rishabh Pant has been given another chance. But with K L Rahul in great form with the bat and gloves, it needs to be seen whether Pant will find a place in the playing XI. Failure of Sanju Samson in the two matches in NewZealand has helped Pant to retain his spot. Shubhman Gill who was destined to warm the benches in the New Zealand series has been retained in the squad. The youngster may get a chance to prove his mettle.
Shubhman Gill
The fast bowling all-rounder Hardik Pandya makes a comeback to the Indian team after an injury kept him out of action for months. It was expected that Pandya may play in the New Zealand series. But the team management was not satisfied with his fitness levels and has suggested for an extended rehab process. Pandya has made his presence felt with a 55 ball 158 in DY Patil T20 series. Batting for Reliance 1 the all-rounder reached his century in just 39 balls.

Hardik Pandya

India will miss the services of Rohit Sharma. The opener is nursing a calf injury and the selectors are not taking any risk. Shikhar Dhawan will have to shoulder some extra responsibility in his comeback match in the absence of Rohit Sharma. Shikhar Dhawan missed the NewZealand series with a shoulder injury. Maneesh Pandey at last gets an extended run. He has done decently well in the recent games and deserves the chance. Shreyas Iyer has scored a century in New Zealand further strengthening his position at no.4. Virat Kohli seems to be in a rare lean patch and the Indian captain is expected to bounce back in these familiar conditions.
South Africa are fresh from their 3-0 victory against the Australians and needs to be handled with care !
Indian squad :
Shikhar Dhawan, Virat Kohli, Prithwi Shaw, KL Rahul, Rishabh Pant, Maneesh Pandey,Shreyas Iyer,Hardik Pandya, Ravindra Jadeja, Bhuvaneshwar Kumar, Yuzvendra Chahal, Kuldeep Yadav, Navdeep Saini, Jasprit Bumrah, Shubhman Gill

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