New Delhi | Jagran Sports Desk: After being excluded from South Africa’s T-20 squad for the tour of India, veteran pacer Dale Steyn took a dig on the selectors saying he made himself available for selection, but the selectors missed his number.

In response to a tweet on Wednesday, Steyn said that he made himself available for the India tour.

"I did. Obviously lost my number in the reshuffling of the coaching staff," Steyn tweeted.

Steyn also apologised to Virat Kohli and Indian festivals after the snub.

"Apologies to Virat and a billion people for thinking they not," he tweeted.

Steyn had announced his retirement from the red-ball cricket with immediate effect on August 5. He had termed the format as the ultimate form of the game but, in explaining his decision, Steyn said it was in the best interest of prolonging his career.

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He will continue to play the limited-overs format of the game.

The fast bowler represented South Africa in 93 Tests and took 439 wickets at an average of 22.95. Steyn is the leading wicket-taker for his nation in the longest format as he went past Shaun Pollock earlier this year.

Steyn's appearance at the recent ICC Men's Cricket World Cup 2019 was short-lived as he was ruled out during the tournament owing to a shoulder injury.

CSA on Tuesday had announced their squad for the upcoming tour of India.

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Selectors named three newcomers in the squad for the three-match T20I series, including Temba Bavuma and spin bowling all-rounder Bjorn Fortuin as well as Nortje.

South Africa's T20I Squad: Quinton de Kock (c), Rassie van der Dussen (vc), Temba Bavuma, Junior Dala, Bjorn Fortuin, Beuran Hendricks, Reeza Hendricks, David Miller, Anrich Nortje, Andile Phehlukwayo, Dwaine Pretorius, Kagiso Rabada, Tabraiz Shamsi, Jon-Jon Smuts.

South Africa will tour India to play three-T20Is in September. The first T20I will be played at Dharmshala on September 15.   

Posted By: Aalok Sensharma