Jasprit Bumrah earns maiden India Test call-up ahead of South Africa series

05 December, 2017, 02:01 | Author: Ora Austin
  • Jasprit Bumrah has got his maiden call-up in Tests for the South Africa Away series

The All-India Senior Selection Committee met in New Delhi on Monday to pick the team for the upcoming South Africa tour as well as the T20I series against Sri Lanka.

Kohli has tormented the Sri Lanka bowlers during the ongoing Test series, racking up scores of 104 not out, 213 and 243 in his last three innings.

Umesh Yadav, Mohammed Shami, Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Ishant Sharma - were also certainties just like spinners Ravichandran Ashwin and Ravindra Jadeja.

A 17-member squad has been named for the three Tests to be played at Cape Town, Centurion and Johannesburg between January 5 to January 28. "He has not played a lot of competitive cricket lately", Prasad said.

Bumrah has been phenomenal in the limited overs format for India and was supposed to get his maiden call-up for the Sri Lankan Test series, but as luck would have it he will get a chance to wear the national whites on the Protean soil.

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"There was no doubt in picking Bumrah because he definitely adds variety to pace attack".

Left-arm spinner Kuldeep Yadav has been left out of the squad and Prasad insisted that the decision had more to do with the conditions expected in South Africa.

"Otherwise, Kuldeep is definitely a top-class bowler and over a period of time we'll see him growing". India Test squad for SA tour: Virat Kohli (c), Lokesh Rahul, Shikhar Dhawan, Murali Vijay, Cheteshwar Pujara, Ajinkya Rahane (vc), Rohit Sharma, Ravichandran Ashwin, Ravindra Jadeja, Umesh Yadav, Mohammed Shami, Ishant Sharma, Wriddhiman Saha, Parthiv Patel, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Jasprit Burmah, Hardik Pandya.

Rohit Sharma, like the ODI, will captain the side in the T20 series in the absence of Kohli.

Yuzvender Chahal, Kuldeep Yadav, Deepak Hooda, Mohammad Siraj, Basil Thampi and Jaydev Unadkat are included for the three-match T20I series.

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