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India recall Harbhajan Singh for T20Is against South Africa

India recall Harbhajan Singh for T20Is against South Africa
Harbhajan Singh (right) has been recalled in the Indian T20I squad to face South Africa.
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The Indian selectors have recalled veteran off-spinner Harbhajan Singh for the upcoming Twenty20 International series against South Africa.

The selection committee under Sandip Patil announced the squads for the three T20Is and the first three One-Day Internationals against the Proteas, which kicks off on 2nd October at Dharamsala.

Harbhajan who made a comeback to the Indian Test squad against Bangladesh after two years had a disappointing outing in the recently concluded Test series against Sri Lanka and was replaced by Stuart Binny after the first game.

However the 34-year-old played a pivotal role in the Indian Premier League title win for the Mumbai Indians earlier this year, prompting the selectors to include him in the shortest format. 

Apart from Harbhajan the selectors have named uncapped Karnataka bowler Sreenath Aravind in the squad which will be led by Mahendra Singh Dhoni.

The selectors have continued to overlook left-arm spinner Ravindra Jadeja as they decided to persist with Axar Patel while Amit Mishra who had a good outing in the Sri Lankan Test series has found himself a place in both the T20I as well as the ODI squads.

Shikhar Dhawan who fractured his thumb in the recently concluded Test series against Sri Lanka is back at the top of the order in both the formats partnering Rohit Sharma.

Another surprise inclusion has been uncapped Punjab all-rounder Gurkeerat Singh, who makes an entry in the ODI squad.

Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Mohit Sharma will lead the bowling attack in both the formats while they will have the services of Umesh Yadav in the ODIs.

Indian squad for the T20Is against South Africa:

MS Dhoni (captain), Shikhar Dhawan, Rohit Sharma, Virat Kohli, Suresh Raina, Ajinkya Rahane, Ambati Rayudu, Stuart Binny, R Ashwin, Axar Patel, Harbhajan Singh, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Mohit Sharma, Amit Mishra, S Aravind.

Indian squad for the first three ODIs against South Africa:

MS Dhoni (captain), Shikhar Dhawan, Rohit Sharma, Virat Kohli, Ambati Rayudu, Suresh Raina, Ajinkya Rahane, Stuart Binny, R Ashwin, Axar Patel, Gurkeerat Singh Mann, Amit Mishra, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Mohit Sharma, Umesh Yadav.

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