Cape Town - After making a name for themselves in IPL, all-rounder
Krunal Pandya and seamer Basil Thampi have been rewarded with call ups
to the India 'A' squad for a triangular series in South Africa.
The series that gets underway next month involves hosts South Africa 'A' and Australia 'A'.
Thampi, 23, was impressive for misfiring franchise the Gujarat Lions with
his ability to bowl yorkers almost at will catching the eye of pundits,
fans and now the selectors.
He ended the tournament as the Lions second
highest wicket-taker with 11 scalps in all, his best performance came in
a narrow loss to eventual winners the Mumbai Indians. He took 3/29 to
help force a tie with the Indians eventually winning in the super over.
That match also showcased the talents of Krunal, brother of India
all-rounder Hardik Pandya, he took 3/14 and smashed 29 off 20 balls.
The economical Krunal went for less than seven runs per over and claimed
ten wickets in this year's edition of the Indian Premier League while
also scoring 243 runs at an average of 34.71.
Batsman Manish Pandey has recovered from the hamstring strain that
kept him from taking part in India's Champions Trophy and will lead the
fifty over squad.
The four-day squad will be led by Test triple centurion Karun Nair
and includes batsmen Hanuma Vihari and Sudip Chatterjee, and quick
bowlers Ankit Rajpoot and Mohammed Siraj who will be making their first
appearances for India 'A' in first class cricket should they get a run.
India 'A' play two first class games against South Africa 'A' after the
tri-series with the matches taking place in August in Benoni and
India are slated to visit South Africa for a full bilateral tour in December and January but have yet to confirm their visit.
The SA 'A' squad for the two four-day matches against India 'A' will be named after the Australia 'A' series, which concludes on July 22.
India 'A' tri-series squad:
Manish Pandey (captain),
Mandeep Singh, Shreyas Iyer, Sanju Samson, Deepak Hooda, Karun Nair,
Krunal Pandya, Rishabh Pant (wk), Vijay Shankar, Axar Patel,Yuzvendra
Chahal, Jayant Yadav, Basil Thampi, Mohammed Siraj, Shardul Thakur,
India 'A' four-day squad:
Karun Nair (captain), Priyank
Panchal, Abhinav Mukund, Shreyas Iyer, Ankit Bawne, Sudip Chatterjee,
Ishan Kishan (wk), Hanuma Vihari, Jayant Yadav, Shahbaz Nadeem, Navdeep
Saini, Mohammed Siraj, Shardul Thakur, Aniket Choudhary, Ankit Rajpoot
South Africa 'A' one-day squad (to play in triangular against Australia 'A' and India 'A'):
Zondo (Dolphins, captain), Farhaan Behardien (Titans), Junior Dala
(Titans), Henry Davids (Titans), Beuran Hendricks (Highveld Lions),
Reeza Hendricks (Highveld Lions), Heinrich Klaasen (Titans), Aiden
Markram (Titans), Mangaliso Mosehle (Highveld Lions), Wiaan Mulder
(Highveld Lions), Dane Paterson (Cape Cobras), Aaron Phangiso (Highveld
Lions), Dwaine Pretorius (Highveld Lions), Tabraiz Shamsi (Titans),
Jason Smith (Cape Cobras)