The BCCI has announced the 15 man squad for the T20I series against South Africa this year. There are some slight changes and surprises in the current squad for the T20Is.
Hardik Pandya who replaced Bhuvneshwar Kumar, has made a comeback into the T20 team after a small gap. At the same time, India's star fast bowler Jasprit Bumrah has been rested for the series. Indian wicket keeper MS Dhoni also did not make it to the final 15. The current squad looks pretty balanced enough to take on the Proteas.
Here is the complete list of the Indian team for T20I series against South Africa.
• Virat Kohli (captain)
• Rohit (vice-captain)
• KL Rahul
• Shikhar Dhawan
• Shreyas Iyer
• Manish Pandey
• Rishabh Pant (wicketkeeper)
• Hardik Pandya
• Ravindra Jadeja
• Krunal Pandya
• Washington Sundar
• Rahul Chahar
• Khaleel Ahmed
• Deepak Chahar
• Navdeep Saini
MS Dhoni is not available for selection as he is currently enjoying his vacation in the US after serving the Territorial Army.
Indian ace spinners such as Kuldeep Yadav and Yuzvendra Chahal also have not been picked in the squad. Both of them were also not present in the T20I squad that was picked for the West Indies series. Brothers such as Hardik Panday and Krunal Panday, and Rahul Chahar and Deepak Chahar have been included in the team.
Indian cricket team will be taking on South Africa in a three match T20I series that will start from the 15th of September. The first T20I is scheduled to be played in Dharmshala on 15th of September and the second T20 will be held at Mohali.
The third and the final T20I will be held on 22nd September at Bengaluru.
After the T20I series, both India and South Africa will be taking on each other in a fierce three-match test series that will start by the month of October.