Kedar Jadhav, Shardul Thakur named in ODI squad for South Africa tour

Is there a chance that the Team India juggernaut might come to a grinding halt soon what with many away tours on the cards in the next couple of years? Illustration courtesy Austin Coutinho

All-rounder Kedar Jadhav, 32, returns to the squad after recovering from a hamstring injury suffered on the eve of the first ODI against Sri Lanka in Dharamsala.

There was no room for KL Rahul, Ravindra Jadeja and R Ashwin in India's 17-man squad for the six-match One-day global series in South Africa, to be played in February 2018, the Board of Control for Cricket in India announced on Saturday (December 23).

R Ashwin and Ravindra Jadeja could not find a place in the team. After the Test series, starting on January 5, India will play six ODIs from February 1 and three Twenty20 Internationals.

The squad sees the return of captain Virat Kohli, who was rested for limited-overs fixtures against Sri Lanka.

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India thrashed Sri Lanka on Friday to wrap up the Twenty20 series with a game to spare, Rohit Sharma scoring the joint-fastest century in the shortest format at worldwide level, reaching three figures from only 35 balls. "Kedar will be alright by the start of the series", said chief selector MSK Prasad. We have been consistent with Chahal and Axar. It is a unanimous decision.

Shami and Thakur are the news additions in the 17-member team which recently beat Sri Lanka in the three-match ODI series earlier this month. We wanted to increase spin bench strength and today we have 5-6 quality spin bowlers.

Shikhar Dhawan, Shreyas Iyer, Ajinkya Rahane, Manish Pandey, Rohit Sharma and Dinesh Karthik continue to form a top and middle-order.

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