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Shami, Jadhav, Thakur return for South Africa ODIs

Mumbai. Seamers Shardul Thakur and Mohd. Shami have been recalled to the Indian ODI squad that has been picked for the six-match ODI series in South Africa. Virat Kohli who who was rested from the team's most recent limited-overs assignment, against Sri Lanka, returns as captain of the 17-member touring party.

Kedar Jadhav, who suffered a hamstring that kept him out of the limited-overs series against Sri Lanka, returns to the India squad for the six-match ODI series against South Africa beginning in February 2018. As many as ten frontline batsmen, including Hardik Pandya and MS Dhoni, are part of a batting heavy 17-member India squad announced by the MSK Prasad-led selection panel on Saturday (December 23).

Shardul Thakur, the Mumbai pacer, also finds a place in the squad after missing the limited-overs leg of the Sri Lanka series due to a shoulder injury. Regular skipper Virat Kohli returns to the team after taking a break from the Sri Lanka ODIs and T20Is. The Indian selectors left Umesh Yadav out while including Mohammed Shami in the squad. Shami last played an ODI against Australia in September 2017.

"Shardul will be playing shortly. In fact he will be playing from January 1. Kedar will be alright by the start of the series. He will be playing the T20 domestic games shortly," Prasad, the chief selector, said of the two players returning from their injuries. "Announcing the team one month before will also help them prepare well. ODI specialists will have enough time to prepare and it's likely they will go in a bit early."

KL Rahul despite his good form against Sri Lanka in the T20I series, continues to remain on the sidelines for the ODI format while Suresh Raina, who recently passed the Yo-Yo test, hasn't yet found favour with the selectors.