Thursday, 19 April, 2018

IND vs SA: Shardul Thakur, Kedar Jadhav return for ODI series

It will be a challenge for Steyn & Morkel to stop Indian line-up, says Harbhajan Singh IND vs SA: Shardul Thakur, Kedar Jadhav return for ODI series
Judith Alexander | 26 December, 2017, 11:03

Virat Kohli will be back to lead India in the one-day global series against South Africa, while Shardul Thakur and Mohammed Shami have also been included in the squad. Spinners R Ashwin and Ravindra Jadeja continue to remain on the sidelines as the wrist spinners Yuzvendra Chahal and Kuldeep Yadav, along with all-rounder Axar Patel retain their places in the side. Tamil Nadu off-spinner Washington Sundar, who had replaced him, is out.

Virat Kohli, who had been away during the recent India-Sri Lanka limited overs series returns as the team's captain. Middle-order batsman Kedar Jadhav was also included in the team after recovering from a hamstring injury.

Kohli has not played in the ongoing limited-overs series at home against Sri Lanka as he was rested ahead of the Test series against the Proteas.

MSK Prasad, the chairman of selectors, hastened to add it was not the end of the road for Ashwin and Jadeja, who last played an ODI in June-July.

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"With every game they have been improving a lot. Today, we have five-six quality spinners that are aiming for these slots".

Squad: Virat Kohli (captain), Rohit Sharma, Shikhar Dhawan, Ajinkya Rahane, Manish Pandey, Kedar Jadhav, MS Dhoni (wicketkeeper), Dinesh Karthik, Hardik Pandya, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Jasprit Bumrah, Kuldeep Yadav, Yuzvendra Chahal, Shreyas Iyer, Mohammed Shami, Axar Patel, Shardul Thakur.

Shami and Thakur are the news additions in the 17-member team which recently beat Sri Lanka in the three-match ODI series earlier this month.

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