Shardul Thakur to join India A team in South Africa, Suryakumar to stay with team for NZ Tests

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Shardul Thakur to join India A team in South Africa, Suryakumar to stay with team for NZ Tests

Team India all-rounder Shardul Thakur will travel to South Africa to feature in India A squad for the South Africa series. He will play a four-day match against South Africa A from 6th December in Bloemfontein. According to Indian express, the head coach has made game time a priority to play an International fixture for team India.

Shardul Thakur was not included in the squads for the New Zealand series as the selectors thought of giving him a break. Being out of action since T20 World Cup 2021 Shardul can prepare for the South Africa tour is by representing India A team.

Considering the conditions in South Africa which favor pace & bounce Thakur is the front runner up for the fast bowling all-rounder spot in team India. Hardik Pandya is far from contention, especially in Test cricket, given his current injury-plagued state.

Shardul Thakur has proved his mettle through his crucial contributions in the fixtures held in Australia & England. The BCCI will announce the test squad for the South Africa series most probably after the culmination of the first test against New Zealand in Kanpur.

Suryakumar Yadav’s late inclusion to the test team is a Surprise for fans

Only a selected few players are included in both the test team as well as the T20I team. While Suryakumar Yadav was originally not included in the test team, he has been asked to stay back. Team India has Cheteshwar Pujara & Ajinkya Rahane as the mains in the middle order, including Shreyas Iyer as another middle-order batsman in the squad who has received his maiden call-up for the Indian test team.

According to reports, the team management is thinking of playing Shubmna Gill in the middle order with Virat Kohli set to join the team in teh secodn test. Thus having sufficient players in the line-up the late inclusion of Suryakumar Yadav is a surprise for many. Suryakumar Yadav was also a late inclusion in the squad for the England Tests as well alongside Prithvi Shaw.

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