Indian Test Squad For South Africa Series Announced, Shubman Gill Replaces KL Rahul

The 20-year-old Gill’s inclusion was on expected lines after he top-scored for India A in the tour of West Indies and was adjudged man of the series. He became the youngest Indian to score a first-class double hundred during the series.

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The Board of Control For Cricket In India (BCCI) on Thursday announced the 15-member Test squad for the three-match series against South Africa. After a poor show in the recently-concluded series against the West Indies, opening batsman, KL Rahul has been dropped from the team and the selectors have included young Shubman Gill in the squad.

India are currently on top of the points table in the Test World Championship with 120 points. “We want to give Rohit Sharma an opportunity to open the innings in Tests,” Chairman of selectors, MSK Prasad said. 

Fast bowler, Umesh Yadav, who was in the squad for the recent West Indies tour, was also dropped. 

Rohit will captain the Board President’s XI, which will take on the South Africans in a three-day tour match in Vizianagaram from September 26.

India v/s South Africa – Home Performance

YearTrophyCityIndia CapTeam2 CapResultScorecard
2015India v South Africa – 4th TestDelhiVirat KohliHashim AmlaIndia won by 337 runsScorecard
2015India v South Africa – 3rd TestNagpurVirat KohliHashim AmlaIndia won by 124 runsScorecard
2015India v South Africa – 2nd TestBengaluruVirat KohliHashim AmlaMatch drawnScorecard
2015India v South Africa – 1st TestChandigarhVirat KohliHashim AmlaIndia won by 108 runsScorecard
2010India v South Africa – 2nd TestKolkataMS DhoniGraeme SmithIndia won by an innings and 57 runsScorecard
2010India v South Africa – 1st TestNagpurMS DhoniGraeme SmithSouth Africa won by an innings and 6 runsScorecard
2008India v South Africa – 3rd TestKanpurMS DhoniGraeme SmithIndia won by 8 wicketsScorecard
2008India v South Africa – 2nd TestAhmedabadAnil KumbleGraeme SmithSouth Africa won by an innings and 90 runsScorecard
2008India v South Africa – 1st TestChennaiAnil KumbleGraeme SmithMatch drawnScorecard
2004India v South Africa – 2nd TestKolkataSourav GangulyGraeme SmithIndia won by 8 wicketsScorecard
2004India v South Africa – 1st TestKanpurSourav GangulyGraeme SmithMatch drawnScorecard
2000India v South Africa – 2nd TestBengaluruSachin TendulkarHansie CronjeSouth Africa won by an innings and 71 runsScorecard
2000India v South Africa – 1st TestMumbaiSachin TendulkarHansie CronjeSouth Africa won by 4 wicketsScorecard

The 20-year-old Gill’s inclusion was on expected lines after he top-scored for India A in the tour of West Indies and was adjudged man of the series. He became the youngest Indian to score a first-class double hundred during the series. His exclusion from the senior team for the tour of the West Indies last month was widely criticised. 

India’s squad for 3 Tests: Virat Kohli (Capt), Mayank Agarwal, Rohit Sharma, Cheteshwar Pujara, Ajinkya Rahane (vc), Hanuma Vihari, Rishabh Pant (wk),Wriddhiman Saha (wk), R Ashwin, Ravindra Jadeja, Kuldeep Yadav, Mohammed Shami, Jasprit Bumrah, Ishant Sharma, Shubman Gill.



This article was originally published on NDTV.com


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