India handed a maiden test call-up to paceman Jasprit Bumrah on Monday, naming the right-arm fast bowler in a 17-man squad for the three-match series in South Africa next month.
Wicketkeeper Parthiv Patel also returned to the test ranks after a year out as back-up to Wriddhiman Saha.
Bumrah’s unorthodox action and his ability to bowl yorkers almost at will have made him a limited-overs asset and Prasad felt it was time to blood the bowler, who turns 24 on Wednesday, in the test format.
Currently playing a three-test series against Sri Lanka, world number one India will leave for South Africa later this month to play three tests beginning on Jan. 5 in Cape Town. They also play six one-day and three Twenty20 matches.
Prasad also named the India squad for the three-match Twenty20 series against Sri Lanka this month, resting regular captain Virat Kohli and putting Rohit Sharma in charge.
India’s test squad against South Africa: Virat Kohli (captain), Murali Vijay, Lokesh Rahul, Shikhar Dhawan, Cheteshwar Pujara, Ajinkya Rahane, Rohit Sharma, Wriddhiman Saha (wicketkeeper), Ravichandran Ashwin, Ravindra Jadeja, Parthiv Patel, Hardik Pandya, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Mohammed Shami, Ishant Sharma, Umesh Yadav, Jasprit Bumrah.
India’s Twenty20 squad against Sri Lanka: Rohit Sharma(captain), Lokesh Rahul, Shreyas Iyer, Manish Pandey, Dinesh Karthik, Mahendra Singh Dhoni (wicketkeeper), Hardik Pandya, Washington Sundar, Yuzvendra Chahal, Kuldeep Yadav, Deepak Hooda, Jasprit Bumrah, Mohammed Siraj, Basil Thampi, Jaydev Unadkat