In a couple of days the first ODI between India and Bangladesh is to be played and it is time to speculate what the playing XI will be.
Let me start by first penning down the absolute certainties –
- Z Khan
- MM Patel
- V Sehwag
- Yuvraj Singh
I feel Manoj Tiwary is going to be given the cap, and India will play at least one spinner, which will be taken up by RR Powar. We need another bowler and it will be tough toss up between RP Singh and Sreesanth. RP Singh has surprised everyone with the bounce he has been able to extract and I feel he may just edge out Sreesanth for the first game.
- M Tiwary
- RR Powar
- RP Singh
There are two more batting slots and four people competing for it – Uthappa, Gambhir, Karthik and Mongia. I feel Uthappa will beat Gambhir for the opener’s slot and Karthik may just edge Mongia out.
So, here is the team in batting order –
Sehwag, Uthappa, Dravid, Yuvraj, Tiwary, Dhoni, Karthik, RR Powar, Z Khan, RP Singh, MM Patel