[caption id="attachment_885820" align="alignnone" width="628"]<img class="size-full wp-image-885820" src="https://www.cricketcountry.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/08/Dhawan-Pant-Hardik-Dhoni-Gill_AFP.jpg" alt="India vs South Africa, India, South Africa, India's T2OI squad for South Africa, MS Dhoni, Hardik Pandya, Rishabh Pant, Shubman Gill, MS Dhoni, Shikhar Dhawan," width="628" height="355" /> While Hardik Pandya returned to India s T20I squad after an injury layoff, MS Dhoni was not named in the 15-man squad for South Africa T20Is. @AFP[/caption] <p></p> <p></p><a href="https://www.cricketcountry.com/teams/india/">Indian cricket team</a> selectors decided to stick with their template of building a squad for the 2020 ICC T20 World Cup as they named a 15-man squad for the three-match T20I series against <a href="https://www.cricketcountry.com/teams/south-africa/news/">South Africa</a>. <p></p> <p></p>The <a href="https://www.cricketcountry.com/tag/virat-kohli">Virat Kohli</a>-led side will kick off the series in Dharamsala on September 15 before moving to Mohali (September 18) and Bengaluru (September 22) for the next two matches. <p></p> <p></p>Here are the five talking points from Thursday s squad announcement: <p></p> <p></p><strong>No MS Dhoni comeback</strong> <p></p> <p></p>There has been speculation that <a href="https://www.cricketcountry.com/tag/ms-dhoni%E2%80%8B">MS Dhoni</a> will announce his retirement following the World Cup. While that seems to be put on hold, the Indian selectors did not pick him for the T20I series against South Africa. <p></p> <p></p><strong><a href="https://www.cricketcountry.com/series/south-africa-in-india-2019-201132/schedule/">INDIA vs SOUTH AFRICA SERIES SCHEDULE</a> | <a href="https://www.cricketcountry.com/series/south-africa-in-india-2019-201132/news/">LATEST NEWS</a></strong> <p></p> <p></p>The former India skipper had informed the selectors about his unavailability for the <a href="https://www.cricketcountry.com/teams/west-indies/news/">West Indies</a> T20Is and ODIs as he opted to serve his regiment in the Territorial Army. The selection panel have not changed their ways, picking a squad sans Dhoni. <p></p> <p></p><strong>All three frontline pacers are out</strong> <p></p> <p></p>Neither of the three frontline pacers - Jasprit Bumrah, Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Mohammed Shami were picked in the squad. While Bhuvi featured in the Indian team for the West Indies ODIs and T20Is, Shami was a part of the ODI team which won the three-match series 2-0 and is in the Test side. Bumrah, meanwhile, was rested for the limited-overs leg against West Indies and is with the Indian team for the Test series. <p></p> <p></p>While Shami does not feature in India's T20I sides regularly, this is the second successive series Bumrah was rested for India's limited-over series. In the absence of the trio, Khaleel Ahmed, Navdeep Saini and Deepak Chahar, with <a href="https://www.cricketcountry.com/tag/hardik-pandya">Hardik Pandya</a> to company, will shoulder the fast-bowling responsibilities. <p></p> <p></p><strong>No Pant backup <p></p></strong> <p></p> <p></p>There had been reports indicating <a href="https://www.cricketcountry.com/players/sanju-samson/news/">Sanju Samson</a> and <a href="https://www.cricketcountry.com/players/ishan-kishan/news/">Ishan Kishan</a> are respectively the second and third option as wicketkeepers ahead of the team announcement. But the selectors have picked neither, meaning <a href="https://www.cricketcountry.com/players/rishabh-pant/news/">Rishabh Pant</a> will be the only frontline wicketkeeper. <p></p> <p></p>Although KL Rahul keeps wickets during the Indian Premier League, there is no like-for-like wicketkeeping replacement in the squad. <strong> <p></p></strong> <p></p> <p></p><strong>ALSO READ: <a href="https://www.cricketcountry.com/news/india-vs-south-africa-2019-no-ms-dhoni-return-hardik-pandya-makes-a-comeback-as-selectors-pick-15-man-squad-for-south-africa-t20is-885702">No MS Dhoni return, Hardik Pandya makes a comeback as selectors pick 15-man squad for South Africa T20Is</a></strong> <p></p> <p></p><strong>Hardik Pandya returns <p></p></strong> <p></p> <p></p>Hardik Pandya, who was rested for the West Indies series after sustaining a few niggles during the <a href="https://www.cricketcountry.com/tag/icc-cricket-world-cup-2019">World Cup 2019</a>, has also made a comeback to the squad. The allrounder's inclusion in place of Bhuvi remains the only change to the squad that played in the recent limited-overs series against West Indies. <p></p> <p></p><strong>Dhawan persisted with, Gill's wait continues</strong> <p></p> <p></p>Following the announcement of India's squad for West Indies series, the chairman of selectors, <a href="https://www.cricketcountry.com/players/msk-prasad/news/">MSK Prasad</a>, had said that <a href="https://www.cricketcountry.com/tag/shubman-gill">Shubman Gill</a>, India's Under-19 World Cup winner, will have to wait for his chances. And it seems, his wait will continue for a while after not being picked for South Africa T20Is despite scoring two fifties and 149 runs for India A during the West Indies tour and scoring heavily in First Class cricket. <p></p> <p></p>Shikhar Dhawan, who made a comeback to India's squad after the injury layoff during the World Cup 2019, was persisted with despite his below-par showings across five games - three T20Is and two ODIs - against West Indies. The left-hander could only score 65 runs in those matches.