In the one-day squad for the series against the Proteas, India have handed maiden ODI call-ups to batter Rajat Patidar and pacer Mukesh Kumar. While Patidar has been in terrific form in domestic cricket and impressed in the IPL as well, Kumar had a good series against New Zealand A recently. He also claimed a four-fer for Rest of India in the first innings against Saurashtra in the ongoing Irani Cup.
Surprisingly, there was no place for batters Sarfaraz Khan or Prithvi Shaw, who have dazzled with the willow in the ongoing domestic season. After an outstanding Ranji Trophy season, Sarfaraz Khan struck 138 for Rest of India in the first innings of the Irani Cup.
India's T20 World Cups standby players Shreyas Iyer, Ravi Bishnoi and Deepak Chahar are also part of the 16-member squad. Shreyas has been named vice-captain for the three-match series. All-rounders Shahbaz Ahmed and Shardul Thakur are also part of the team.
Ruturaj Gaikwad, Shubhman Gill, Rahul Tripathi, Ishan Kishan and Sanju Samson are some of the other members of the squad, while left-arm spinner Kuldeep Yadav also finds a place.
The ODIs will be played from October 6 to 11. The first match will be played in Lucknow on October 6, the second in Ranchi on October 9 and the final one in Delhi on October 11.
India’s ODI squad: Shikhar Dhawan (Captain), Ruturaj Gaikwad, Shubhman Gill, Shreyas Iyer (vice-captain), Rajat Patidar, Rahul Tripathi, Ishan Kishan (wicket-keeper), Sanju Samson (wicket-keeper), Shahbaz Ahmed, Shardul Thakur, Kuldeep Yadav, Ravi Bishnoi, Mukesh Kumar, Avesh Khan, Mohd. Siraj, Deepak Chahar
--By A Cricket Correspondent