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Karthik back in India colours; Arshdeep, Umran get a call up 

Fine showing as ‘Finisher’ for RCB in the IPL has earned Dinesh Karthik a spot in the T20I squad for the series against South Africa.  File

Fine showing as ‘Finisher’ for RCB in the IPL has earned Dinesh Karthik a spot in the T20I squad for the series against South Africa. File | Photo Credit: Sportzpics/IPL

Dinesh Karthik, Arshdeep Singh and Umran Malik earned spots in the India squad for the five-match T20I home series against South Africa, which commences at New Delhi on June 9.

Umran Malik.

Umran Malik. | Photo Credit: Sportzpics/IPL

Captain Rohit Sharma, Virat Kohli and Jasprit Bumrah have been rested for the series. The trio will feature in the rescheduled fifth Test against England, which will be held in Edgbaston (Birmingham) from July 1 to 5.

K.L. Rahul will lead the T20I side in Rohit’s absence.

Karthik, 36, makes a comeback after a brilliant IPL season as finisher for Royal Challengers Bangalore. Malik impressed with his raw pace for Sunrisers Hyderabad, while left-arm seamer Arshdeep Singh performed well for Punjab Kings. Malik and Arshdeep earned their maiden international call-ups.

Hardik Pandya, who has led Gujarat Titans to the top of the IPL points table, has been named in the T20I squad.

Arshdeep Singh.

Arshdeep Singh. | Photo Credit: Sportzpics/IPL

Batter Cheteshwar Pujara, who was dropped for the recent home Test series against Sri Lanka, has been included in the squad for the rescheduled fifth Test.

Rahane ruled out

Ajinkya Rahane will be out of action for two months after hurting his hamstring in the IPL last week. He has been ruled out of India’s lone Test in England in July and the Ranji Trophy knockouts in June.

Rahane left the Kolkata Knight Riders camp earlier this week soon after scans revealed a tendon tear in his left hamstring. He suffered the injury while batting against Sunrisers Hyderabad in Pune on May 14.

T he schedule:

T20Is against South Africa: 1st: June 9 (Delhi), 2nd: June 12 (Cuttack), 3rd: June 14 (Visakhapatnam), 4th: June 17 (Rajkot), 5th: June 19 (Bengaluru).

Fifth rescheduled Test against England: July 1-5 (Birmingham).

The teams:

T20Is: K.L. Rahul (Capt.), Ruturaj Gaikwad, Ishan Kishan, Deepak Hooda, Shreyas Iyer, Rishabh Pant (Vice-capt.) (wk), Dinesh Karthik (wk), Hardik Pandya, Venkatesh Iyer, Yuzvendra Chahal, Kuldeep Yadav, Axar Patel, Ravi Bishnoi, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Harshal Patel, Avesh Khan, Arshdeep Singh, and Umran Malik.

Test: Rohit Sharma (Captain), K.L. Rahul (vice-captain) Shubman Gill, Virat Kohli, Shreyas Iyer, Hanuma Vihari, Cheteshwar Pujara, Rishabh Pant (wk), K.S. Bharat (wk), Ravindra Jadeja, R. Ashwin, Shardul Thakur, Mohammed Shami, Jasprit Bumrah, Mohammed Siraj, Umesh Yadav, and Prasidh Krishna.


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