India vs South Africa: Suresh Raina rewarded for domestic exploits, named in visitors' squad for T20Is

Suresh Raina was on Sunday rewarded for his recent domestic performance with a recall to the Indian Twenty20 squad for the three-match series against South Africa starting 18 February.

PTI, January 28, 2018

New Delhi: Suresh Raina was on Sunday rewarded for his recent domestic performance with a recall to the Indian Twenty20 squad for the three-match series against South Africa starting 18 February.

Raina has also overcome fitness issues to make the 16-man squad led by Virat Kohli.

The southpaw had played his last international, a T20 against England, in February 2017 before being sidelined with fitness issues.

Suresh Raina also passed the mandatory 'Yo Yo' Test, which contributed to his India recall. Reuters

Suresh Raina also passed the mandatory 'Yo Yo' Test, which contributed to his India recall. Reuters

Passing the mandatory 'Yo Yo' test also paved the way for his return.

He was also in top-form in the recently-concluded Super League of Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy, smashing an unbeaten hundred and a couple of half centuries for Uttar Pradesh.

Familiar faces like Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Shikhar Dhawan were back in the side after being rested for the last T20 series against Sri Lanka.

Rohit Sharma had captained the side in three-match series with Kohli being rested.

The crux of the ODI and T20I squad for the limited-overs leg in South Africa remains the same.

The return of senior players means the likes of Deepak Hooda, Mohammad Siraj, Washington Sundar and Basil Thampi miss out.

All four were part of the home series against Sri Lanka.

Pacer Jaydev Unadkat has been retained after bagging the 'Man of the Series' award against Sri Lanka while left-arm spinner Axar Patel made a comeback in the shortest format.

Mumbai pacer Shardul Thakur has also been picked after earning a spot in the ODI squad for the six-match series starting 1 February.

The three-match T20 series in South Africa begins on 18 February in Johannesburg, followed by matches in Centurion (21 February) and Cape Town (24 February).

India's squad for T20I series: Virat Kohli (c) Rohit Sharma (vc), Shikhar Dhawan, KL Rahul, Suresh Raina, MS Dhoni (wk), Dinesh Karthik, Hardik Pandya, Manish Pandey, Axar Patel, Yuzvendra Chahal, Kuldeep Yadav, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Jasprit Bumrah, Jaydev Unadkat, Shardul Thakur.

Updated Date: Jan 28, 2018





Rank Team Points Rating
1 India 3634 125
2 South Africa 3589 112
3 Australia 3499 106
4 New Zealand 2354 102
5 England 3772 97
6 Sri Lanka 2914 94
Rank Team Points Rating
1 England 5751 125
2 India 5492 122
3 South Africa 3842 113
4 New Zealand 4602 112
5 Pakistan 3279 102
6 Australia 3548 101
Rank Team Points Rating
1 Pakistan 3270 131
2 Australia 1894 126
3 India 3932 123
4 New Zealand 2542 116
5 England 1951 115
6 South Africa 2058 114