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Jayant replaces Sundar for South Africa ODIs; back-up called up for Siraj

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Jayant Yadav and Navdeep Saini have been added to India's squad for the ODI series against South Africa, starting on January 19.

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Jayant has been added to India's ODI squad as a replacement for Washington Sundar, who tested positive for COVID-19 back in India. Sundar was supposed to board the flight to Cape Town along with other members of the ODI squad on Wednesday.

This series was an opportunity for Sundar to come back into the India side after he injured his finger during the tour of England last year. The 22-year-old has missed plenty of cricket since then, having last represented India in March 2021. In his absence, Jayant has been asked to stay back as he is already in South Africa as part of the Test squad.

Navdeep Saini, the pacer, has also been added to the side as back-up to Mohammed Siraj, who sustained an injury at The Wanderers and missed the subsequent third Test in Cape Town. 

Should Siraj fail to recover in time, Saini will be in line to play his first match for India since the tour of Sri Lanka in July last year.

India’s ODI squad: KL Rahul (Captain), Jasprit Bumrah (vice-captain), Shikhar Dhawan, Ruturaj Gaikwad, Virat Kohli, Suryakumar Yadav, Shreyas Iyer, Venkatesh Iyer, Rishabh Pant (wicket-keeper), Ishan Kishan (wicket-keeper), Yuzvendra Chahal, R Ashwin, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Deepak Chahar, Prasidh Krishna, Shardul Thakur, Md. Siraj, Jayant Yadav, Navdeep Saini.

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