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India vs South Africa series: Pandya, Bhuvneshwar, Dhawan back in ODI squad

Rohit Sharma was kept out of the mix with the limited overs vice-captain still recovering from a calf injury while Kedar Jadhav has been dropped

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Hardik Pandya
Fit-again Hardik made his comeback into the Indian team for the home series against the Proteas. Photo: AP/PTI

Allrounder Hardik Pandya, pacer and opener returned to the 50-over fold as India named a 15-member squad for their upcoming three-match ODI series against South Africa starting this month.

Fit-again Hardik made his comeback into the Indian team for the home series against the Proteas with Bhuvneshwar also getting back after a hernia operation that kept him out since December 2019.

Hardik underwent a surgery after suffering a lower-back injury five months ago while Dhawan suffered a shoulder injury in an ODI series against Australia at home.

Hardik has been in devastating form since returning to competitive cricket in the DY Patil T20 tournament, where he hit 158 off 55 balls the other day.

Post his surgery, Hardik had initially hired the services of Delhi Capitals trainer Rajnikanth Sivagnanam to undergo rehab with Team India physio Yogesh Parmar keeping an eye on his progress post his back surgery in October.

Meanwhile, was kept out of the mix with the limited overs vice-captain still recovering from a calf injury he suffered during the fifth T20I of the New Zealand tour at the Bay Oval in Mount Maunganui. was also dropped from the squad.

India, led by Virat Kohli, will take on South Africa in the first ODI in Dharamshala on March 12 followed by the second one in Lucknow on March 15. The third and final match will be played at Eden Gardens in Kolkata on March 18.

India's ODI squad: Shikhar Dhawan, Prithvi Shaw, (C), K L Rahul, Manish Pandey, Shreyas Iyer, Rishabh Pant, Hardik Pandya, Ravindra Jadeja, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Yuzvendra Chahal, Jasprit Bumrah, Navdeep Saini, Kuldeep Yadav,

full schedule

Date Match Venue Time (IST)
12-Mar 1st ODI, IND vs SA Himachal Pradesh Cricket Association Stadium, Dharamsala 1:30 PM
15-Mar 2nd ODI, IND vs SA Bharat Ratna Shri Atal Bihari Vajpayee Ekana Cricket Stadium, Lucknow 1:30 PM
18-Mar 3rd ODI, IND vs SA Eden Gardens, Kolkata 1:30 PM

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First Published: Sun, March 08 2020. 16:00 IST