Zaheer named in ODI and Test squads for SA tour

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India have named a very experienced set of squads for their tour to South Africa in December, handing a surprising recall to veteran fast bowler Zaheer Khan for both the Test and ODI series.

India have named a very experienced set of squads for their tour to South Africa in December, handing a surprising recall to veteran fast bowler Zaheer Khan for both the Test and ODI series.

The 35-year-old has not played for India in any format this year, and last played a Test in December 2012, against England. His most recent ODI was against Sri Lanka in August last year, which was his 200th.

Added to this, India have decided to stick with fast bowler Ishant Sharma, despite his poor form in recent months and many a call for him to be dropped. But given India's low stock in the pace department of late, this is not out of the ordinary.

The one man to benefit from everyone else's relatively poor efforts was Mohammed Shami, who was the stand-out bowler against Australia in the ODI series, as well as in the Tests against the West Indies.

As for the batting lists, there was no space for Gautam Gambhir or Virender Sehwag, given Shikhar Dhawan and Rohit Sharma's dominance at the top. Rohit is the top ODI run-getter this year, while Dhawan and Virat Kohli also recorded big scores recently.

Yuvraj Singh was named in the ODI squad but not in the Test unit, while back-up wicketkeeper and batsman Wriddhiman Saha was also given a spot for the two-match series. Cheteshwar Pujara was once again not named in the ODI squad.

Test squad: Shikhar Dhawan, Murali Vijay, Cheteshwar Pujara, Virat Kohli, Rohit Sharma, Ajinkya Rahane, MS Dhoni, Ravi Ashwin, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Mohammed Shami, Zaheer Khan, Ambhati Rayudu, Umesh Yadav, Wriddhiman Saha, Ishant Sharma, Pragyan Ojha, Ravindra Jadeja

ODI squad: MS Dhoni, Shikhar Dhawan, Rohit Sharma, Virat Kohli, Yuvraj Singh, Suresh Raina, Ravindra Jadeja, Ravi Ashwin, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Mohammed Shami, Ishant Sharma, Ambhati Rayudu, Mohit Sharma, Umesh Yadav, Amit Mishra, Ajinkya Rahane

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