India on Sunday asked veteran batsman Suresh Raina to join their Twenty20 squad for a three-match series in South Africa next month. The 31-year-old left-hander, who last played a T20 against England in February last year, was included in the 16-member squad led by Virat Kohli, the BCCI announced. The most awaited series by cricket fanatics starts February 18 in Johannesburg.
The selectors kept faith with young wrist spinners Yuzvendra Chahal and Kuldeep Yadav ahead of seniors Ravindra Jadeja and Ravichandran Ashwin.
India, who lost the Test series against the Proteas 2-1, have six One Day Internationals starting February 1 before the T20 games. The T20Is begin with the first game in Johannesburg on February 18. Basil Thampi, Deepak Hooda, Mohammad Siraj and Washington Sundar — who were in the squad for the Sri Lanka series at home — have not been named. Virat Kohli and Bhuvneshwar Kumar had been rested in that home series.
Left-arm spinner Axar Patel and pacer Shardul Thakur have also made their way back to the squad. Virat Kohli (capt) Rohit Sharma, Shikhar Dhawan, Lokesh Rahul, Suresh Raina, Mahendra Singh Dhoni (wicketkeeper), Dinesh Karthik, Hardik Pandya, Manish Pandey, Axar Patel, Yuzvendra Chahal, Kuldeep Yadav, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Jasprit Bumrah, Jaydev Unadkat, Shardul Thakur.
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