Suresh Raina returns to Indian side © Getty Images
Suresh Raina returns to Indian side © Getty Images

The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) have announced a 16-member squad for the upcoming Twenty20 International (T20I) series against South Africa. Virat Kohli will continue to lead the side, which sees Suresh Raina make a comeback. Rohit Sharma has been appointed as vice-captain. Raina last played for India in the T20I series against England in 2017.

Raina was in brilliant form for Uttar Pradesh in the recently concluded Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy, accumulating 314 runs at an strike-rate of 146.04.

Kohli, Shikhar Dhawan and KL Rahul form a very potent top-order, while Raina, Dinesh Karthik and Manish Pandey complete the middle-order. Hardik Pandya, MS Dhoni along with Akshar Patel will provide much needed power down the order. Yuzvendra Chahal, Kuldeep Yadav complete a well-rounded spin attack.  Bhuvneshwar Kumar will lead a young attack in Jasprit Bumrah, Jaydev Unadkat and Shardul Thakur.

The 3-T20I series be played after a grueling 6-ODI series starting February 1. India had earlier lost the 3-Test series, 1-2.

India’s squad for T20I series: Virat Kohli (c) Rohit Sharma (vc), Shikhar Dhawan, KL Rahul, Suresh Raina, MS Dhoni (wk), Dinesh Karthik, Hardik Pandya, Manish Pandey, Axar Patel, Yuzvendra Chahal, Kuldeep Yadav, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Jasprit Bumrah, Jaydev Unadkat, Shardul Thakur