The Tri-Nation ODI Series between Sri Lanka, India and New Zealand will begin on Tuesday, August 10, 2011, when India and NewZealand meet at Dambulla, in the opening match.
With Zaheer Khan and Harbhajan not playing for India, the onus will be on the younger non-regular players to prove that they are worthy of a place in the team for the ICC World Cup.
Sachin has opted out, and Gambhir is injured. Dinesh Kartik is an option for the opening slot. Ishant Sharma is out through injury, insuring that this is likely to be a new-look Indian team, a combination that has never played together.
My probable Indian eleven for India’s opening match against New Zealand are as follows:
Virender Sehwag, Dinesh Kartik, Rohit Sharma, Yuvraj Singh, Suresh Raina, MS Dhoni, R Jadeja, A Mithun, Praveen Kumar, Ashish Nehra and P Ojha.
As you can see, Virat Kohli does not figure in my team. Kohli is at his most effective in the middle; Kartik is a better choice for opener, as he proved in the Asia Cup.
Also, I am not really happy choosing Ojha over Mishra, as Mishra is a beter batsman, but after his performance in the last test match at Colombo, Ojha is likely to find favour.
In Ishant’s absence, Mithun will get a huge opportunity to cement his place, especially on account of his batting skills.
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