Friday, 15 December, 2017

MSK Prasad reveals why Jasprit Bumrah was selected

Virat Kohli Indian players celebrate a wicket during a Test match
Howard Terry | 05 December, 2017, 02:00

24-year-old Hardik Pandya, who demanded rests for the Test series against Sri Lanka makes his comeback to Virat Kohli's squad.

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

Umesh Yadav, Mohammed Shami, Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Ishant Sharma - were also certainties just like spinners Ravichandran Ashwin and Ravindra Jadeja.

It is expected to be a 17-member squad that will travel to South Africa and the main call will be whether India would go with four frontline pacers and three specialist spinners or five specialist pacers with two slow bowlers.

Virat Kohli (Capt), Murali Vijay, KL Rahul, Shikhar Dhawan, Cheteshwar Pujara, Ajinkya Rahane (vc), Rohit Sharma, Wridhhiman Saha (wk), R Ashwin, Ravindra Jadeja, Parthiv Patel, Hardik Pandya, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Mohammed Shami, Ishant Sharma, Umesh Yadav, Jasprit Bumrah. "He has not played a lot of competitive cricket lately", Prasad said.

"Definitely, this is the best balanced sides that has gone to South Africa", chairman of selectors MSK Prasad said when asked if this was the easiest selection meeting.

"With regard to Bumrah, if we look at his performance in the last 18 months, he has been sensational".

"It's a unanimous choice, there were no doubts in picking Bumrah because he definitely adds variety to our pace attack".

"Otherwise, Kuldeep is definitely a top-class bowler and over a period of time we'll see him growing".

BCCI acting Secretary Amitabh Choudhary said that the Indian team will be leaving for South Africa on 27th. Wicketkeeper-batsman Parthiv Patel earns a recall, having last featured against England a year ago.

T20I series vs Sri Lanka: Rohit (Capt), Rahul, Shreyas, Manish, Dinesh Karthik, MS Dhoni, Hardik, W Sundar, Yuzvendra, Kuldeep, Deepak Hooda, Bumrah, M Siraj, Basil Thampi, Jaydev Unadkat.

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