This is one team that is not going to have too many speculations and surprises. The openers (Dinesh Karthik and Wasim Jaffar) basically walk into the team, followed by the big 4 (Dravid, Tendulkar, Laxman and Ganguly). Dhoni takes up the WK slot and that leaves room for either 2 quicks and 2 spinners or 3 quicks and 1 spinner. Zaheer and Munaf are sure bets and so is Kumble. The one remaining spot will be fought between RP Singh, VRV Singh, Powar and Pawar. If the subcontinent pitches are anything to go by, a spinner will be preferred over a seamer – and it may be Ramesh Powar, the offspinner making his test debut for India.
So, here is the team in batting order:
- Dhoni (wk)
The only possible change could be Yuvraj coming in place of one of the keepers.