SA Tour: Basil Thampi Earns Maiden Call-up to India A Along with Sanju Samson

Thiruvananthapuram: Kerala’s medium pacer Basil Thampi and wicketkeeper-batsman Sanju Samson have been included in the India A side, for the tour of South Africa starting on July 26 with a triangular one-day series. It’s the maiden call-up for Basil to India A.

Both the players have been included in the One-Day squad.  Australia A is the third team for the triangular series. India and South Africa will then play two four-day games in August, in Benoni and Potchefstroom.

Thampi was in excellent form in the 2017 IPL in April-May. Thampi’s 11 wickets in his debut season were the second-highest for his team, Gujarat Lions, but it was more his ability to deliver yorkers that caught attention. The One-Day squad will be captained by Manish Pandey, who has recovered from the side strain he suffered during the IPL.

The 15-man squad for the four-day games has batsmen Hanuma Vihari and Sudip Chatterjee, and seamers Ankit Rajpoot and Mohammed Siraj, all of whom have never played first-class cricket for India A. Karun Nair will lead the first-class team for the Test.

  India A squads

  • For the tri-series: Manish Pandey (capt), Mandeep Singh, Shreyas Iyer, Sanju Samson, Deepak Hooda, Karun Nair, Krunal Pandya, Rishabh Pant (wk), Vijay Shankar, Axar Patel,Yuzvendra Chahal, Jayant Yadav, Basil Thampi, Mohammed Siraj, Shardul Thakur, Siddarth Kaul.
  • For the four-day games: Karun Nair (capt), Priyank Panchal, Abhinav Mukund, Shreyas Iyer, Ankit Bawne, Sudip Chatterjee, Ishan Kishan (wk), Hanuma Vihari, Jayant Yadav, Shahbaz Nadeem, Navdeep Saini, Mohammed Siraj, Shardul Thakur, Aniket Choudhary, Ankit Rajpoot.