Wicket keeper-batsman Mahendra Singh Dhoni, all rounder Jai Prakash Yadav, rookie medium pacer Rudra Pratap Singh and young batsmen Yelaka Venugopala Rao and Suresh Raina were the ones to return to Mumbai.
Two other players, who would not be taking any part in the September 13-24 two-Test series against Zimbabwe, injured left arm paceman Ashish Nehra and left arm spinner Murali Kartik, did not accompany the other five.
Nehra has been diagnosed with a niggle in his buttock and advised a short rehabilitation programme by team physiotherapist John Gloster in South Africa before his onward journey home. His place has been taken in the Test team by Ajit Agarkar, who was set to come back as per the original plans.
Kartik has flown to England to complete his league engagements in Old Blighty, according to Cricket Board sources. None of the players who returned home talked to the waiting mediapersons, saying they have not got the permission to do so from the team management.