The 15-man India ‘A’ squad for the three-match red-ball series against South Africa was announced two weeks ago by the selectors. Hanuma Vihari was introduced late in the season by the management to help the right-hander acclimate to the conditions in South Africa.

Deepak Chahar and Ishan Kishan have now been added to the team, with the duo scheduled to depart from Kolkata following the conclusion of the T20I series against New Zealand. In Bloemfontein, the duo will join Priyank Panchal’s team.

According to Cricbuzz, there’s a good chance Shardul Thakur would be named to the squad, since the all-rounder is now an important element of India’s away red-ball strategy. Kishan is projected to be the squad’s second-choice goalkeeper, with Upendra Yadav being the first choice.

Chahar, on the other hand, would be a reinforcement for Navdeep Saini, Umran Malik, Ishan Porel, and Arzan Nagwaswalla, who already have a strong pace bowling department. The first match is scheduled for November 23.

Iyer has a fantastic first-class record, averaging over 52, and has been selected to play for India against New Zealand. However, it will be intriguing to watch if he is given an opportunity in the series against New Zealand, and the Mumbaikar will have to make a bold ask. Iyer is also regarded as a future captain, and if Rahane falters again, Iyer may be given a second shot.

Suryakumar Yadav has a lot of first-class experience on the local circuit, and he can play both the defensive and offensive games. With Pujara and Rahane’s places in the team in jeopardy, he might have a big impact on the away tours, and he could even make his debut against South Africa.