Raina recalled for South Africa T20Is

Florence Fletcher
January 28, 2018

The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) have announced a 16-member squad for the upcoming Twenty20 global (T20I) series against South Africa.

The T20I series begins on February 18 in Johannesburg, two days after the conclusion of the ODI series. The southpaw had shown good form in the recently-concluded Syed Mustaq Ali T20 tournament, where he also scored a 49-ball century.

Raina is also one of three Indian batsmen with a T20 global hundred.

Raina last played a T20I for India against England in February previous year.

Raina last played a T20 for India in Bangalore on February 1, 2017.

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The World Cup victor is the fourth-highest run-getter for India in T20Is, and had, in 2010, become the first batsman from the country to have scored a century in each of the three formats. South Africa, however, won the series 2-1.

Virat Kohli, who was rested for the limited-overs series against Sri Lanka at home, returns as captain.

Axar Patel makes a timely return to the squad after he last featured against New Zealand where the bowling all-rounder came in handy in checking the run flow.

Virat Kohli would be the Captain of the T20 team while Rohit Sharma would be the Vice-Captain. He was the cynosure of a fierce bidding war in the Indian Premier League auction on Sunday before being bought by Rajasthan Royals for a whopping Rs. 11.5 crore, making him the most expensive Indian player sold and second-most expensive overall after Ben Stokes.

The Men in Blue are scheduled to play three T20Is against the Proteas - Feb 18 in Johannesburg, Feb 21 in Centurion and Feb 24 in Cape Town.

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