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India Squad For South Africa Tests To be Picked After Kotla Game

It was initially thought that the Indian selectors would pick not just the squad for the final Test of the three-match series between India and Sri Lanka on Monday, but also the limited-overs series that follows and the squad for the Test series between India and South Africa

Cricketnext |November 28, 2017, 4:06 PM IST
India Squad For South Africa Tests To be Picked After Kotla Game

New Delhi: It was initially thought that the Indian selectors would pick not just the squad for the final Test of the three-match series between India and Sri Lanka on Monday, but also the limited-overs series that follows and the squad for the Test series between India and South Africa. While the Test squad for the third game and the limited-overs team was picked by MSK Prasad and team, the South African squad wasn't announced much to everyone's surprise. But it has now been learnt that it was a strategic move by the selectors.

Speaking to Cricketnext, a senior BCCI official said: "The idea was to wait a bit and pick a team either during the finishing stages of the third Test between India and Sri Lanka at the Ferozeshah Kotla or wait till the game ends. There is no hurry as most of the players pick themselves and it is just a few spots here and there that need to be looked into before making the final call."

India announced their squad for the third Test match and the ODI series against Sri Lanka on Monday. Laying speculations to rest, the selectors named Virat Kohli in the Test team but the skipper has been rested for the ODI series.

In his absence Rohit Sharma will lead the side. Young pacer Siddharth Kaul was the new addition the limited overs setup. Cricketnext had reported earlier that Virat Kohli would be available for the third Test. Chief selector MSK Prasad had said that Kohli had made himself available for selection for all the three Test matches and only after that would the selectors look at resting the captain.

“There is no confusion and Kohli is available for all the three Test matches against Sri Lanka. We will look at resting him after that. He too deserves rest and the rotation policy will be applicable even for the skipper,” he said. On the eve of the 1st Test, Kohli had said that he will ask for rest when required.

"Definitely I do need rest, why don't I need rest? When I think of the time my body should be rested, I'll ask for it. I am not a robot you can slice my skin and check I bleed," Kohli told reporters on the eve of India's first Test against Sri Lanka.

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