Veteran India pacer Zaheer Khan has made it to the squad for the two Tests against South Africa in December. Gautam Gambhir has failed to make the team. The national selectors, headed by Sandeep Patil, picked the squad in Vadodara on Monday.
Ambati Rayudu has also made the Test squad for the first time in his career. He has been picked as a reserve batsman. But Zaheer's return has been quite sensational. The veteran pacer, who last played a Test match against England in Kolkata in December 2012, has been among wickets in Ranji Trophy, with 13 scalps at an average of 19.84, and his experience has helped for sure. The 35-year-old has played 88 Tests, taking 295 wickets. (Related: Zaheer and a grueling French experience)
Gambhir, however, failed to find a place in the side as a reserve opener despite a healthy average of 74 plus in the ongoing Ranji season. In Delhi's previous home game against Haryana, Gambhir scored 153 to engineer a 105-run victory for the hosts.