No MS Dhoni but Hardik Pandya returns for T20Is against South Africa

first_img India Today Web Desk New DelhiAugust 29, 2019UPDATED: August 29, 2019 21:37 IST BCCI announced India’s squad for the 3-match T20I series against South Africa (IANS Photo)HIGHLIGHTSBCCI announced the 15-member Indian squad for 3 T20Is vs South AfricaHardik Pandya returns to the Indian squad for the seriesBhuvneshwar Kumar is out of the Indian side that played T20Is against West Indies recentlyVeteran wicketkeeper MS Dhoni will not be part of the 3-match T20I series against South Africa starting on September 15. Young stumper Rishabh Pant is set to don the gloves while all-rounder Hardik Pandya returns to the squad after a break.Hardik will be replacing Bhuvneshwar Kumar as the only change in the squad that won the T20I series against West Indies recently. The absence of both Bhuvneshwar and Jasprit Bumrah will mean that India will go into the series with one of their most inexperienced bowling attacks in recent times as the wrist-spinning duo of Yuzvendra Chahal and Kuldeep Yadav are also not part of the squad.India play South Africa in Dharamsala (Sept. 15), Mohali (Sept. 18) and Bengaluru (Sept. 22).India’s squad for 3 T20Is against South Africa: Virat Kohli(Capt), Rohit Sharma(vc), KL Rahul, Shikhar Dhawan, Shreyas Iyer, Manish Pandey, Rishabh Pant (WK), Hardik Pandya, Ravindra Jadeja, Krunal Pandya, Washington Sundar, Rahul Chahar, Khaleel Ahmed, Deepak Chahar, Navdeep SainiIndia’s squad for 3 T20Is against South Africa: Virat(Capt), Rohit (vc), KL Rahul, Shikhar Dhawan, Shreyas, Manish Pandey, Rishabh Pant (WK), Hardik Pandya, Ravindra Jadeja, Krunal Pandya, Washington Sundar, Rahul Chahar, Khaleel Ahmed, Deepak Chahar, Navdeep Saini#INDvSABCCI (@BCCI) August 29, 2019Dhoni has been out of action for the past month-and-a-half after the World Cup during which he also did a fifteen-day stint with Indian territorial army in his capacity of Hon Lieutenant colonel. Dhoni is currently in the USA for a Chennai Super Kings event.advertisementIn Dhoni’s absence, Rishabh Pant donned the gloves in both ODIs as well the T20I matches and in the first Test against West Indies. Pant appears the best suited to take over from Dhoni in the long run but the two-time World Cup-winning captain is yet to take a call on his future.India’s next white-ball assignment will be in November when Bangladesh come home for three T20I matches. Selectors will ultimately have to take a big judgment call on Dhoni’s future, if he decides to have another crack at the next T20 World Cup scheduled in October 2020.Dhoni’s first India captain Sourav Ganguly had earlier told India Today that Mahi should continue to play only if he is confident he can play like Dhoni of old. “MS (Dhoni) is at a stage in his career where he has to take a decision what can I do ahead, can I contribute in the future, can I take India to victory like M.S. Dhoni, not someone else,” he said.Also Read | National Sports Day: Full list of award winnersAlso Read | Yuzvendra Chahal, Axar Patel and Shivam Dube help India A beat South Africa AFor sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byAjay Tiwari Tags :Follow MS Dhoni No MS Dhoni but Hardik Pandya returns for T20Is against South AfricaVirat Kohli will lead the Indian team against South Africa which will be boosted by the return of all-rounder Hardik Pandya who missed out on the West Indies tour.advertisement Nextlast_img read more