Avesh Khan, IPL 2021
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Indian national team’s chief selector Chetan Sharma has disclosed the names of five players who are in contention to receive a callup to the national side sometime in the near future.

On Friday night, India’s squad for the 3-match ODI series was announced. Ruturaj Gaikwad and Venkatesh Iyer have been included for the first time in ODIs after their stellar performances in the Vijay Hazare Trophy.

Apart from the two, there are other youngsters who are knocking on the selectors’ door. Sharma revealed the names of the players – Harshal Patel, Shahrukh Khan, Rishi Dhawan, Ravi Bishnoi, and Avesh Khan – who missed out on the South Africa tour but can be called up for the next series.

Shahrukh Khan
Shahrukh Khan. Image-Twitter

Harshal has been tremendous of late and also debuted in India’s recent home T20I series against New Zealand. As for Shahrukh, the middle-order batsman’s heroics in the Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy have put him on the selectors’ radar.

With the Baroda all-rounder, Hardik Pandya, dropping out of the team, Shahrukh can play the role of a finisher. Dhawan recently led Himachal Pradesh to their first-ever title win in the Vijay Hazare Trophy.

Rishi Dhawan, Chetan Sharma
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Bishnoi and Avesh were excellent for their respective franchises in the IPL 2021 season. Avesh finished second in the purple cap list behind Harshal but had a better economy than the latter.

As for the main team that will play the ODIs, KL Rahul is set to lead the side while Jasprit Bumrah has been handed vice-captaincy duties.

India’s squad for the ODI series against South Africa :

KL Rahul (c), Shikhar Dhawan, Ruturaj Gaikwad, Virat Kohli, Suryakumar Yadav, Shreyas Iyer, Venkatesh Iyer, Rishabh Pant (wk), Ishan Kishan (wk), Y Chahal, R Ashwin, W Sundar, J Bumrah (vc), Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Deepak Chahar, Prasidh Krishna, Shardul Thakur, Mohammed Siraj.

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