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Shahbaz Ahmed, Shreyas Iyer in T20I squad, Rajat Patidar set to make his debut vs South Africa

Shahbaz Ahmed and Shreyas Iyer have been included in the Team India squad for the upcoming matches

While South Africa has announced the squad for both the T20Is and the ODIs, India is yet to announce the ODI squad. As for the T20Is, the Indian team will be led by Rohit Sharma, whereas Temba Bavuma will be in charge of South Africa

India will play South Africa starting with 3 matches T20I series followed by 3 match ODI series beginning in Thiruvananthapuram on Wednesday (September 28).

India’s T20 team will be in full strength as they look to prepare themselves before the T20 World Cup.

Deepak Hooda injured, and Bhuvaneshwar and Pandya rested

India’s batting all-rounder Deepak Hooda will not be available for the three-match T20I series due to back spasms, the national selection committee is set to recall middle-order batter Shreyas Iyer for the South Africa series.

Yet to recover from COVID-19, Mohammed Shami has been ruled out of India’s three-match T20I series against South Africa.

The Indian team will be without Bhuvaneshwar Kumar and Hardik Pandya as they both have been rested for the South Africa series and will be reporting to the NCA for conditioning-related work. Left-arm spinner Shahbaz Ahmed will come in place of Hardik Pandya

Umesh Yadav to continue as Shami’s replacement for the South Africa series

“Shami hasn’t recovered from his bout of COVID-19. He needs more time, and hence, will be out of the South Africa series. Umesh Yadav will continue as Shami’s replacement for the South Africa series,” a senior BCCI source told PTI on the condition of anonymity.

However, when asked why Shahbaz has been picked in place of Pandya, the source said, “Is there any seam bowling all-rounder, who can replace Hardik? Raj Bawa is too raw and that’s why we kept him in India A for exposure. He will need time to blossom. Tell me another name?” Meanwhile, Hanuma Vihari will lead the Rest of India’s team in the Irani Cup against Saurashtra.”

Here’s all you need to know about India vs SA T20I series

Squads:

India: Rohit Sharma (Captain), KL Rahul (vice-captain), Virat Kohli, Suryakumar Yadav, Deepak Hooda, Rishabh Pant (wicket-keeper), Dinesh Karthik (wicket-keeper), R. Ashwin, Yuzvendra Chahal, Axar Patel, Arshdeep Singh, Mohammed Shami, Harshal Patel, Deepak Chahar, Jasprit Bumrah.

SA: Temba Bavuma (C), Quinton De Kock, Reeza Hendricks, Heinrich Klaasen, Keshav Maharaj, Aiden Markram, David Miller, Lungi Ngidi, Anrich Nortje, Wayne Parnell, Dwaine Pretorius, Kagiso Rabada, Rilee Rossouw, Tabraiz Shamsi, Tristan Stubbs, Bjorn Fortuin, Marco Jansen, Andile Phehlukwayo

ODI Squads

India: TBA

SA : Temba Bavuma (captain), Quinton de Kock, Reeza Hendricks, Heinrich Klaasen, Keshav Maharaj, Janneman Malan, Aiden Markram, David Miller, Lungi Ngidi, Anrich Nortje, Wayne Parnell, Andile Phehlukwayo, Dwaine Pretorius, Kagiso Rabada, Tabraiz Shamsi

South Africa tour of India Schedule

1st T20I – September 28, Wednesday – 7 PM – Greenfield International Stadium, Thiruvananthapuram

2nd T20I – October 2, Sunday – 7 PM – Barsapara Cricket Stadium, Guwahati

3rd T20I – October 4, Tuesday – 7 PM – Holkar Cricket Stadium, Indore

1st ODI – October 06, Thursday – 1:30 PM – Ekana Cricket Stadium, Lucknow

2nd ODI – October 09, Sunday – 1:30 PM – JSCA International Stadium Complex, Ranchi

3rd ODI – October 11, Tuesday – 1:30 PM – Arun Jaitley Stadium, Delhi

Where can I watch India vs South series LIVE in India?

India vs South Africa T20I and ODI series will be LIVE on Star Sports Network.

How can I watch the Live Streaming of the India vs South Africa series in India?

India vs South Africa T20I and ODI series will be available for Live Streaming on the Disney+ Hotstar website and app.

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