The All-India Senior Selection Committee has also given maiden ODI call-ups to middle-order batter Rajat Patidar and pacer Mukesh Kumar.
Uncapped Bengal seamer Mukesh Kumar and prolific domestic performer Rajat Patidar on Sunday earned their maiden India call-up for the upcoming three-match ODI series against South Africa.
With no major cricketing events scheduled in the country during the Indian Premier League (IPL), Patidar’s family wanted to make use of the break he got from cricket and get him married
Both the high-profile openers, Kohli and Faf du Plessis, are big match players and will be itching to make an impact after low returns in the previous game.
Despite a fighting half-century from Rahul Tripathi (58 from 37 balls), they eventually folded out for 125 in 19.2 overs with Wanindu Hasaranga claiming five wickets for 18 runs.
Patidar, who has scored 861 runs with the help of seven half-centuries at an average of 30.75 and strike-rate of 138.64 in 31 T20s, had previously represented the RCB franchise four times.