Published: Thu, December 07, 2017
Sports | By Ivan Ross

Jasprit Bumrah gets maiden call-up for South Africa Tests

Jasprit Bumrah gets maiden call-up for South Africa Tests

Wicket-keeper batsman Parthiv Patel has been called back in the Test squad while Jasprit Bumrah has earned maiden call in the longest format.

The Men in Blue will play three Tests, six ODIs and three T20Is on their tour to the African nation.

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The selectors also named a 15-member squad for the three-match T20 series against Sri Lanka under the captaincy of Rohit Sharma. "Parthiv had done well against England but had to make way for (Wriddhiman) Saha", said National selection committee chairman M. S. K. Prasad.

Hardik Pandya is the only fast-bowling all-rounder India are taking with them, while Ravichandran Ashwin and Ravindra Jadeja will lead the spin-department. The entire doubts have been put on the rest with the selection of Hardik Pandya, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Jasprit Bumrah, Mohammed Shami, Ishant Sharma and Umesh Yadav.

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The Three Test matches will be going to play between the Indian team and the Proteas and it will be played at Newlands, Cape Town (January 5 to 9), Centurion (January 13-17) and The Wanderers, Johannesburg (January 24-28). The six-match ODI series commences on 1st February and the three-match T20I series on 18th of the same month.

It was earlier reported that following Kohli's concerns about lack of preparation time, a decision will be taken whether some of the Test specialists could be sent to South Africa early to acclimatise with the conditions.

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With both Tamil Nadu and Saurashtra out of Ranji Trophy, the likes of Murali Vijay and Cheteshwar Pujara, who are automatic picks in the Test squad, won't have any game time post the third Test against Sri Lanka in Delhi.

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