Jharkhand left-arm spinner Shahbaz Nadeem has been added to the Indian squad for the third and final Test against South Africa in Ranchi after Kuldeep Yadav complained of left shoulder pain on Friday.
30-year-old Nadeem holds the experience of 110 First-class matches with 424 wickets to his name, whereas in 106 List A matches, the bowler has claimed 145 wickets.
Talking about the series so far, the hosts dismantled the guests with a 203-run victory in the first Test in Vizag. And in case that failed to suffice the cause, India bettered their performance in the next game, registering a comprehensive victory by an innings and 137 runs in Pune.
In the first match, Rohit Sharma, who was opening for the first time in Tests, was the star of the match with the scores of 176 and 127 in the first and second innings, respectively, whereas Mayank Agarwal too impressed with a double century (215) in the first innings.
Meanwhile, Ravichandran Ashwin took 8 wickets in the match to hand India a comprehensive victory.
In the second match, South Africa were again outplayed by a double ton from skipper Virat Kohli. The 30-year-old scored 254 not out which included 33 boundaries and two half-dozens.
Mohammed Shami and Ravichandran Ashwin took 6 wickets each to finish the match a day before its anticipated date.
The two teams meet next on Saturday in Ranchi for the final rubber.
Here is India’s squad for 3rd Test:
Virat Kohli (Captain), Mayank Agarwal, Rohit Sharma, Cheteshwar Pujara, Ajinkya Rahane (Vice-captain), Hanuma Vihari, Wriddhiman Saha (wicketkeeper), Rishabh Pant (wicketkeeper), Ravichandran Ashwin, Ravindra Jadeja, Kuldeep Yadav, Mohammed Shami, Umesh Yadav, Ishant Sharma, Shubman Gill, Shahbaz Nadeem.