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India Squads For South Africa: 5 Key Takeaways From Team Picked For Tour

The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) announced the India squads for the T20Is, Tests and ODIs to be played in South Africa against Proteas Men. Some big calls have been taken by the Ajit Agarkar-led panel since the loss in World Cup final last month. Take a look at 5 key takeaways from the squad announcement. 

The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) announced the India squads for the T20Is, Tests and ODIs to be played in South Africa against Proteas Men. Some big calls have been taken by the Ajit Agarkar-led panel since the loss in World Cup final last month. Take a look at 5 key takeaways from the squad announcement. 

India's Squad For Tour Of SA

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India's Squad For Tour Of SA

India’s squad for Tests: Rohit Sharma (C), 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*, Jasprit Bumrah (VC), Prasidh Krishna. 

India’s squad for 3 T20Is: Yashasvi Jaiswal, Shubman Gill, Ruturaj Gaikwad, Tilak Varma, Suryakumar Yadav (C), Rinku Singh, Shreyas Iyer, Ishan Kishan (wk), Jitesh Sharma (wk), Ravindra Jadeja (VC), Washington Sundar, Ravi Bishnoi, Kuldeep Yadav, Arshdeep Singh, Mohd. Siraj, Mukesh Kumar, Deepak Chahar.

India’s squad for 3 ODIs: Ruturaj Gaikwad, Sai Sudharsan, Tilak Varma, Rajat Patidar, Rinku Singh, Shreyas Iyer, KL Rahul (C)(wk), Sanju Samson (wk), Axar Patel, Washington Sundar, Kuldeep Yadav, Yuzvendra Chahal, Mukesh Kumar, Avesh Khan, Arshdeep Singh, Deepak Chahar.

Senior pros playing all formats will skip ODIs

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Senior pros playing all formats will skip ODIs

Jasprit Bumrah, Rohit, Virat will skip playing one-day cricket for now as they will put their entire focus on T20s and Tests. As per reports, Rohit is set to return to T20s but we don't know whether Virat is interested. Bumrah continues to be an all-format bowler.

Selectors' faith in Suryakumar Yadav, KL Rahul

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Selectors' faith in Suryakumar Yadav, KL Rahul

With Hardik Pandya and Rohit Sharma missing in white-ball squads, the Ajt Agarkar-led panel has entrusted Surya and KL to do the  job. Surya and KL Rahul have shown good captaincy skills in whatever little time they have had as captains.

Yuzvendra Chahal, Sanju Samson are back

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Yuzvendra Chahal, Sanju Samson are back

They both faced World Cup snub but are back in reckoning for the ODIs. Chahal had tweeted "Here we go again" after being picked for the One-dayers. Samson is a quiet man but he will let his bat do the talking. He still has enough time to play the next World Cup.

Opportunities for youngsters in T20Is

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Opportunities for youngsters in T20Is

Quite a few youngsters in Team India including Rinku Singh, Jitesh Sharma. They continue to be a part of the setup which is a good sign looking at the future and the T20 WC which is not very far away. Selectors want to test out these youngsters as much as possible before the WC. It is also good to see the likes of Rajat Patidar, Sai Sudharsan, Rinku, Arshdeep get a go in the ODIs as well.

Rohit, Virat want to focus on Tests

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Rohit, Virat want to focus on Tests

Rohit Sharma and Virat Kohli have taken a break from T20s and ODIs for now. They will be back to play Tests vs South Africa. ODIs have suddenly lost relevance with the end of the World Cup as teams will now focus on the next ICC tournament which is the T20 WC and the World Tets Championship. Rohit and Virat are interested in extending their Test careers.