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Shami, Hooda ruled out of T20I series against South Africa



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Indian spearhead Mohammed Shami has been ruled out of India's upcoming T20I series against South Africa as he is yet to recover from COVID-19.

All-rounder Deepak Hooda is also ruled out due to back spasms. The national selection committee is set to recall middle-order batter Shreyas Iyer for the South Africa series.

“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 Africa series,” a senior BCCI source.

All-rounder Hardik Pandya has been rested having played continuous cricket since the IPL 2022 earlier this year.

Shahbaz Ahmed has taken the place of rested Pandya and Shreyas Iyer will take place of Hooda.

India will lock horns with South Africa in a three-match rubber starting from Wednesday (September 28) in Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala.

India squad for South Africa T20Is: 

Rohit Sharma (Captain), KL Rahul (vice-captain), Virat Kohli, Suryakumar Yadav, Rishabh Pant (wicket-keeper), Dinesh Karthik (wicket-keeper), R. Ashwin, Yuzvendra Chahal, Axar Patel, Arshdeep Singh, Harshal Patel, Deepak Chahar, Jasprit Bumrah, Umesh Yadav and Shreyas Iyer (likely)