Parthiv, Bumrah named in 17-man squad for South Africa Tests

"We obviously had the possible conditions in South Africa in mind while naming the extra pacer", chairman of selectors MSK Prasad said.

Parthiv Patel is brought back in the squad and he played three tests against England a year ago in the absence of Saha."The players have selected themselves".

Kuldeep Yadav and Vijay Shankar, the latter earning his maiden call-up after the release of Bhuvneshwar Kumar ahead of the Nagpur Test, have been done away with, and understandably so.

The All-India Senior Selection Committee on Monday picked the teams for the upcoming T20I series against Sri Lanka and the three-match Test series against South Africa. The four pacers - Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Mohammed Shami, Ishant Sharma and Umesh Yadav are automatic picks. While there was one side, who suggested that Bumrah is best suited to the limited-overs, others suggested that its hight time that Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) rewarded the pacer with a Test cap. The visitors will also play three Twenty20 internationals against the hosts starting February 18, with the last match to be played on February 24 at Cape Town. With regard to Bumrah if you see his performance for the past 10-12 months, he has been phenomenal. He's been sensational, bowling outstandingly in one-dayers and T20s. There were no doubts in picking Bumrah because he adds variety to our pace attack.

Twitter, however, was very happy for the pacer as it was a long time due for the management to include Bumrah in the squad. Once they chose to add an extra wicketkeeper, there was nobody to look beyond the Gujarat captain. He even took over the duties in Wriddhiman Saha's absence during the series against England a year ago. We all know Wriddhiman Saha is the No 1 wicketkeeper. "His domestic performances are equally good", Prasad said.

It was earlier expected that the teams would be named on Monday last week, but only the ODI squad for Sri Lanka was named, with Virat Kohli being rested.

Vanessa Coleman

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