IND vs SA: This player was the biggest contender to replace Hardik, the selectors broke his heart at the last minute

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  • Shahbaz elected instead of Hardik Pandya
  • this player was sent off
  • The great reason given by BCCI

IND versus SA: The Indian team defeated Australia by 6 wickets in the last match of the three match T20 series to win the series 2-1. Now, the Indian team is set to meet in the three-match T20 series against South Africa. This series will start from September 28. But even before the South Africa series, there have been some big changes in the India team. Especially in the team, the selectors surprised everyone by choosing Shahbaz Ahmed instead of the rested and versatile star Hardik Pandya. But the question is why did this happen?

Why was Shahbaz chosen over Hardik?

Hardik Pandya is currently one of the deadliest multi-takers in the world. In addition to creating a storm with the bat, he throws very fast. But BCCI chose left arm spinner Shahbaz instead of him. While Raj Angad Bawa, who recently won the U-19 World Cup, could have been selected instead of Hardik. However, BCCI itself has provided an answer to this question. When asked why Shahbaz was chosen over Pandya, a BCCI source told PTI: “Is there any fast bowler who can replace Hardik? Raj Bawa is very inexperienced and that’s why we kept him on India A team to give him experience. He needs time to shine. Tell me another name?


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Will Shahbaz make his debut?

The versatile Shahbaz Ahmed has been given a shot at the Indian team for the South African series. In addition to making a mark with the bat, this player is also adept at making good swings with his left arm. Shahbaz got the opportunity because of his good performance in the IPL. This player has not yet debuted in the blue jersey. Shahbaz has played 29 IPL matches. He has scored 279 runs in this big league and has also taken 13 wickets. Ravindra Jadeja will not be able to play in the World Cup, so this player may be tested against South Africa.

Shahbaz Ahmed

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Shahbaz Ahmed

Shami-Hooda also out

Mohammed Shami has again been left out of the series in South Africa after the series in Australia. According to information received from the PTI language on Monday, Shami is not yet able to recover from Corona. In such a situation, Umesh Yadav, who came in the last series as a replacement, has remained in the team. Also, Deepak Hooda, who has shown great play for the team in the recent past, has been out of the team and Shreyas Iyer has an entry in his place.

Indian team for South Africa series:-

Rohit Sharma (Captain), KL Rahul, Virat Kohli, Suryakumar Yadav, Shreyas Iyer, Rishabh Pant, Dinesh Karthik, Ravichandran Ashwin, Yuzvendra Chahal, Axar Patel, Arshdeep Singh, Harshal Patel, Deepak Chahar, Jasprit Bumrah, Shahbaz Ahmed.

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