IND vs SA: The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) has announced an 18-member squad for the upcoming three-match Test series against South Africa. Virat Kohli will lead the team, while Rohit Sharma has been made the new vice-captain of the Test team. Rohit Sharma and KL Rahul are selected as the designated openers, while Mayank Agarwal has been selected as the backup choice. Notably, Shubman Gill has been missed from the Test squad due to injury.
Prior to the announcement of the squad, there have been debates over whether to drop Rahane and Pujara from the tour to South Africa. Reportedly, Rahane is no longer the vice-captain of the Test team but has been included in the squad. Cheteshwar Pujara too has been retained in the 18-member squad. Hanuma Vihari, who was missed out on the recently concluded Test series against New Zealand is back in the squad, while Shreyas Iyer too has also found a place.
Rishabh Pant will don the wicket-keeping gloves, while W Saha has also been selected as the backup choice. As for the spin department, Ravichandran Ashwin and Jayant Yadav make the cut. Notably, both Ravindra Jadeja and Axar Patel have been excluded from the squad.
As far as the pace department is concerned, India has gone with five fast bowlers, namely J Bumrah, M Shami, U Yadav, Ishant Sharma and M Siraj. Shardul Thakur has also been selected as the all-rounder in the squad.
Four players such as Ravindra Jadeja, Shubman Gill, Axar Patel and Rahul Chahar have missed out on the squad due to injuries and are currently undergoing rehabilitation.
In the massive development, Rohit Sharma has been made the new captain of India’s 50-over format. He will lead the Indian Cricket Team in both formats of white-ball cricket.
IND vs SA India Test Squad
Here’s a look at the complete 18-member Indian squad for the Test series.
Virat Kohli (Capt), Rohit Sharma(VC), KL Rahul, Mayank Agarwal, Cheteshwar Pujara, Ajinkya Rahane, Shreyas Iyer, Hanuma Vihari, Rishabh Pant(wk), Wriddhiman Saha(wk), R Ashwin, Jayant Yadav, Ishant Sharma, Mohd. Shami, Umesh Yadav, Jasprit Bumrah, Shardul Thakur, Md. Siraj.