Indian selector on Saturday 20th of November announced 17 member test squad for the tour of South Africa which start from 16th December 2010. India have picked additional wicketkeeper Wriddiman Saha as well as two new seamers Umesh Yadav and Jaidev Unadkat as a backup bowler.
The first test match will start from December 16th at Centurion, so by considering it Indian board has decided to send some of their players early on the tour to get the look and feel of the conditions.
India have never won a test series in South Africa and it will great challenge for M.S.Dhoni and his men to prove why they are ranked number one in ICC Test ranking.
Zaheer Khan who is not playing the third test against New Zealand is expected to be fit before the first test against South Africa. Jaidev Unadkat has very impressive tour of England earlier this year and that’s why he has been given a chance for South Africa tour.
Yuvraj Singh who was left out of New Zealand test series is once again overlooked by the selectors. Chateswar Pujara who made fine debut against Australians is also retained in the squad along with regular opener M.Vijay.
Indian pace attack will be lead by Zaheer Khan, S.Sreesanth and Ishant Sharma while spin department will be handled by Harbhajan Singh and Pragyan Ojha.
India Squad : MS Dhoni (Captain and WK), Virender Sehwag, Gautam Gambhir, Rahul Dravid, VVS Laxman, Sachin Tendulkar, Harbhajan Singh, Suresh Raina, Zaheer Khan, Ishant Sharma, Sreesanth, M Vijay, Cheteshwar Pujara, Wriddhiman Saha (WK), Umesh Yadav, Jaidev Unadkat, Pragyan Ojha.