Big guns come back as India announces their tour squads for South Africa

Big guns come back as India announces their tour squads for South Africa

The Indian squads for their all-format tour of South Africa, which begins on December 10, have been announced.

In the absence of several regulars, including Rohit Sharma, Virat Kohli, and Hardik Pandya, among others, KL Rahul will captain the ODI team against the Proteas.

India will be back to full strength in the longer format thanks to the long-awaited returns of Rahul, Shreyas Iyer, and Jasprit Bumrah from Test cricket. Both Virat Kohli and Rohit Sharma have requested a break from the white-ball portion of the tour, so both will be rejoining the team to lead the team in the Test.

The following players represent India in the Twenty20 Internationals: Rinku Singh, Shreyas Iyer, Mohd. Siraj, Arshdeep Singh, Kuldeep Yadav, Ravi Bishnoi, Washington Sundar, Jitesh Sharma, Mohd. Kishan, Tilak Varma, Suryakumar Yadav (C), and Rinku Singh.

This is India’s ODI squad: Axar Patel, Washington Sundar, Kuldeep Yadav, Yuzvendra Chahal, Mukesh Kumar, Avesh Khan, Arshdeep Singh, Deepak Chahar; Sai Sudharsan, Tilak Varma, Rajat Patidar, Rinku Singh, Shreyas Iyer, KL Rahul (C)(wk), Sanju Samson (wk), Axar Patel, and Washington Sundar.

Rohit Sharma (captain), Shubman Gill, Yashasvi Jaiswal, Virat Kohli, Shreyas Iyer, Ruturaj Gaikwad, Ishan Kishan (wk), KL Rahul (wk), Ravichandran Ashwin, Ravindra Jadeja, Shardul Thakur, Mohd. Siraj, Mukesh Kumar, Mohd. Shami (pending fitness), Jasprit Bumrah (VC), Prasidh Krishna (captain).

Red-ball stalwarts Ajinkya Rahane and Cheteshwar Pujara, who both played in India’s XI for the World Test Championship Final against Australia in June, have no place in the squad now that Rahul and Iyer have returned.

Mohammed Shami is back in the Test team as well, though his availability is pending his recovery from his current medical condition.

While Mukesh Kumar, who made his Test debut during the West Indies tour, and Yashasvi Jaiswal maintain their positions.

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