Deepak Hooda is out of the series due to back spasms, the national selection committee is set to recall middle-order batter Shreyas Iyer for the South Africa series. And Hardik on the flip side was rested for the T20I series against South Africa along with Bhuvneshwar Kumar. On the other hand Yet to recover from COVID-19, Mohammed Shami has been ruled out of India's three-match T20I series against South Africa.
Shami hasn't recovered from his bout of COVID-19. He needs more time, and hence, will be out of the South Africa series. Umesh Yadav will continue as Shami's replacement for the South Afria series, a senior BCCI source told PTI.
Meanwhile, When asked why Shahbaz has been picked in place of Pandya, the source said, Is there any seam bowling all-rounder, who can replace Hardik? Raj Bawa is too raw and that's why we kept him in India A for exposure. He will need time to blossom. Tell me another name?
Notably, The India vs South Africa ODI series will witness three matches. The ODI series will be played after the three-match T20I series, which begins on September 28. The IND vs SA 1st ODI will take place on October 6 . The 2nd and 3rd ODI will take place on October 9 and 11.