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Nailed in test series, Dhoni faces dilemma over playing XI against England

India TV News Desk August 27, 2014 7:34 IST
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New Delhi: After the humiliating test series, Team India is now set to shift the gear to the faster format of the game. They would look to make a fresh beginning and salvage lost pride when they take on England in a five-match ODI cricket series.

From here every ODI will be a preparatory step for every player for ICC World Cup 2015 and defend the 2011 title. Already, the Indian selectors have taken stock of the situation at hand and the 17-man squad is a reflection of their thoughts.

Indian skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni would be in a big dilemma of what would be the playing XI for the first ODI. If he wants to continue with the 5 bowler strategy or he wants an extra batsman. The problem of opening duo also persists to Dhoni. There is no experienced opener like Gambhir, so he has to depend on Dhawan, Rohit and Rahane.

Three uncapped players Karn Sharma, Sanju Samson and Dhawal Kulkarni are also included in ODI squad, so it would be interesting to see how many opportunities these youngsters will get.

India last played an ODI was in Asia Cup where they finished third after losing to Pakistan and Sri Lanka and failing to qualify for the final.

India TV analyses what would be the probable Team India playing XI for first ODI: