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India vs South Africa 2019: Shubman Gill picked, no place for KL Rahul, Hardik Pandya in Test squad

Shubman Gill picked in India Test squad

Bengaluru, September 12: As expected KL Rahul did not find a place in the 15-man India squad for the three-match Test series against South Africa beginning with the first Test at Visakhapatnam on October 2.

The selectors drafted in Shubman Gill in the squad in the place of Rahul and it is now almost certain that Rohit Sharma might open with Mayank Agarwal in the upcoming series. Hardik Pandya too did not find a place in the squad.

1. Why KL Rahul was dropped

1. Why KL Rahul was dropped

Rahul has been going through a modest patch as reflected in his two fifty-plus scores in the last 27 innings. His last 50-plus score was the 149 against England at the Oval in 2018. Since then, he has made several starts and promised better and bigger innings. But it never happened and the latest example was the first Test against the West Indies at Antigua when made 38 and 44. Rahul also did not find a place in the Board President's XI for the warm-up game and that means Rahul might appear for Karnataka in the Vijay Hazare match at Bengaluru.

2. Shubman Gill included

2. Shubman Gill included

Gill has been in good form of late and made a 90 for India A against South Africa in the first unofficial Test at Thiruvananthpuram recently. He did also well for India A during the recent tour to the West Indies. However, Gill was expressed disappointment of not getting picked up for the senior team's tour to the West Indies. However, all that disappiontment now has been washed away.

3. The squad for 3 Tests

3. The squad for 3 Tests

India's squad for 3 Tests: Virat Kohli (Captain), Mayank Agarwal, Rohit Sharma, Cheteshwar Pujara, Ajinkya Rahane (vice-captain), Hanuma Vihari, Rishabh Pant (Wicket-keeper), Wriddhiman Saha (Wicket-keeper), Ravichandran Ashwin, Ravindra Jadeja, Kuldeep Yadav, Mohammed Shami, Jasprit Bumrah, Ishant Sharma, Shubman Gill.

4. Board President's XI

4. Board President's XI

The selectors also announced the Board President's XI to play a three-day warm-up match against South Africa at Vizianagaram from September 26. Board President's XI: Rohit Sharma (Captain), Mayank Agarwal, Priyank Panchal, AR Easwaran, Karun Nair, Siddhesh Lad, KS Bharat (wicket-keeper), Jalaj Saxena, Dharmendrasinh Jadeja, Avesh Khan, Ishan Porel, Shardul Thakur, Umesh Yadav

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Story first published: Thursday, September 12, 2019, 17:34 [IST]
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