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Indian paceman Bumrah earns maiden Test call-up
December 05, 2017
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New Delhi: India’s national selectors on Monday handed a maiden Test spot to promising fast bowler Jasprit Bumrah in a 17-member squad for the upcoming tour of South Africa.

Bumrah, 23, was rewarded with a place in the Indian Test squad, ranked number one in the world, after taking 52 wickets from 28 one-day internationals.

The bowler would boost India’s pace quartet of Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Mohammed Shami, Ishant Sharma and Umesh Yadav on seamer friendly tracks in South Africa.

“If you see his performance for the past 18 months he has been sensational. He has been outstanding in both one-day and Twenty20,” MSK Prasad, chairman of the senior selection committee, told reporters.

“He was a unanimous choice, because he definitely adds variety to our pace attack. And considering the nature of wickets that they are (in South Africa), it will suit the nature of his bowling,” Prasad said.

Dashing all-rounder Hardik Pandya returned to the squad after opting out of the ongoing three-Test series against Sri Lanka over workload worries.

Pandya, 24, has become a key member of the Virat Kohli-led side since making his limited-overs debut last year. He has played in 30 of India’s last 33 matches.

Wicketkeeper Parthiv Patel also earned a recall, having last played against England in December last year.

Agence France-Presse

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