Suresh Raina recall to the Indian Twenty20 squad after a year

Vastavam web: Batsman Suresh Raina was today rewarded for his recent domestic performance with a recall to the Indian Twenty20 squad for the three-match series against South Africa starting February 18.Raina has also overcome fitness issues to make the 16-man squad led by Virat Kohli.He was also in top-form in the recently-concluded Super League of Syed Mushtaq Ali, smashing an unbeaten hundred and a couple of half centuries for Uttar Pradesh.

Familiar faces like Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Shikhar Dhawan were back in the side after being rested for the last T20 series against Sri Lanka.The return of senior players means the likes of Deepak Hooda, Mohammad Siraj, Washington Sundar and Basil Thampi miss out.All four were part of the home series against Sri Lanka.Pacer Jaydev Unadkat has been retained after bagging the man of the series award against Sri Lanka while left-arm spinner Axar Patel made a comeback in the shortest format.The three-match T20 series in South Africa begins on February 18 in Johannesburg, followed by matches in Centurion (February 21) and Cape Town (February 24).