There was no room for KL Rahul, Ravindra Jadeja and R Ashwin in India's 17-man squad for the six-match One-day worldwide series in South Africa, to be played in February 2018, the Board of Control for Cricket in India announced on Saturday (December 23). Hardik Pandya and Axar Patel were the all-rounders named in the team.Surprisingly, Shardul Thakur earned a call-up despite not being included for the Sri Lanka series.
Shami last appeared in an ODI against Australia in September this year. The first match will be played in Durban. Maharashtra batsman Jadhav, who is also a handy off-spinner is back after a hamstring injury ruled him out of the Sri Lanka ODIs.
The squad also didn't have room for Umesh Yadav and KL Rahul, though Ajinkya Rahane continues to be a part of it despite struggling to find an openers' slot.
India has played 28 ODIs against South Africa in South Africa, won five and lost 21.
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The Indian squad will fly to South Africa from Mumbai on December 27 after attending captain Virat Kohli's wedding reception with Bollywood superstar Anushka Sharma on December 26.
India has announced its squad for the tough ODI series beginning in South Africa soon.
Kohli will return to lead the side after his break from cricket, with the Test series being his first assignment after marriage.
Kohli has not played in the ongoing limited-overs series at home against Sri Lanka as he was rested ahead of the Test series against the Proteas.