Mumbai, Oct 19: Former Indian Captain and commentator Sunil Gavaskar on Monday said he felt bad when left-hander Yuvraj Singh was ignored during announcement of Indian Test squad against South Africa.
Gavaskar was hoping that experienced Yuvraj Singh, who smashed a superb 187 for Punjab against Gujarat in their Ranji Trophy match, will be included in the India squad. [South Africa series: India Test squad named; Jadeja recalled]
"Feel sorry for Yuvraj. Maybe the selectors could have given him one last fling at glory: Gavaskar told NDTV.
Gavaskar however, maintained that he wasn't surprised when Yuvraj was not included in the team.
"If Harbhajan (Singh) and Yuvraj (Singh) are in form, then why not pick them? Youth and experience are important for the team. Dropping Yuvraj is not surprising. I thought he had a chance after Harbhajan was recalled," he further told NDTV.
Left-handed all-rounder Ravindra Jadeja, who has had an impressive Ranji Trophy season so far, was today recalled to the Indian Test squad to face South Africa. Veteran offspinner Harbhajan Singh was dropped.
The BCCI selection committee, led by Sandeep Patil, on Monday (October 19) announced a 16-man Indian Test squad for the first 2 matches of the 4-game home series against South Africa.
Virat Kohli will lead the Test side against South Africa. This is the first home series for him since taking over the reins from MS Dhoni, who quit Tests in December last year.
Paceman Ishant Sharma, who was injured during a Ranji Trophy game on Saturday (October 17) has made the cut. However, he will miss the 1st Test due to a ban imposed on him by ICC.
The 26-year-old Jadeja, who is the leading wicket-taker in the ongoing Ranji Trophy with 24 scalps (4 five-wicket hauls) from 2 games for Saurashtra at an outstanding average of 8.24, has returned on sheer weight of performance. He has also hit 2 half centuries. Jadeja has made a comeback to the Indian team after 4 months. He last played in a ODI in Bangladesh on June 18.
India Test squad for 1st 2 matches of Gandhi-Mandela Series
Virat Kohli (captain), Shikhar Dhawan, Murali Vijay, KL Rahul, Ajinkya Rahane, Rohit Sharma, Cheteshwar Pujara, Wriddhiman Saha (wicketkeeper), Ravindra Jadeja, R Ashwin, Amit Mishra, Varun Aaron, Stuart Binny, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Ishant Sharma, Umesh Yadav.
In: Ravindra Jadeja, Murali Vijay, Wriddhiman Saha
Out: Karun Nair, Harbhajan Singh, Naman Ojha
Board President's XI squad for 2-day practice game (October 30-31) in Mumbai Vs South Africa
Cheteshwar Pujara (captain), KL Rahul, Unmukt Chand, Karun Nair, Shreyas Iyer, Naman Ojha (wicketkeeper), Hardik Pandya, Jayant Yadav, Kuldeep Yadav, Shradul Thakur, Sheldon Jackson, Karn Sharma, Nathu Singh.
November 5-9 (Thursday to Monday): 1st Test, Mohali
November 14-18 (Saturday to Wednesday): 2nd Test, Bengaluru
November 25-29 (Wednesday to Sunday): 3rd Test, Nagpur
December 3-7 (Thursday to Monday): 4th Test, New Delhi
South Africa Test squad
Hashim Amla (captain), AB de Villiers (vice-captain), Temba Bavuma, JP Duminy, Faf du Plessis, Dean Elgar, Simon Harmer, Imran Tahir, Morne Morkel, Vernon Philander, Dane Piedt, Kagiso Rabada, Dale Steyn, Stiaan van Zyl, Dane Vilas (wicketkeeper).