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India’s squad for their upcoming tour of the Caribbean makes interesting reading. In the absence of Sehwag and Raina (injured), Tendulkar and Zaheer (rested), and Munaf Patel and Irfan Pathan (dropped), there are one or two names that require a little mental exploration before recognition is achieved.

Ashish Nehra hasn’t played for India since 2005, and Abhishek Nayar, is, I must confess, a mystery to me – although he has made an impression on some, and his 99 in the Ranji Trophy final (as well as his IPL experience) marks him out as someone to keep any eye out for.

Ravindra Jadeja is also a relative newcomer to the full Indian side, having only played a single ODI, but he has impressed in the past for the Under-19 side, and featured in the World Twenty20 side.

The squad in full is as follows: MS Dhoni, Yuvraj Singh, Gautam Gambhir, Rohit Sharma, Harbhajan Singh, Pragyan Ojha, Yusuf Pathan, Murali Vijay, Subramaniam  Badrinath, RP Singh, Praveen Kumar, Ishant Sharma, Abhishek Nayar, Ashish Nehra, Ravindra Jadeja, Dinesh Karthik.

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With Sehwag out of the One-Day series against Sri Lanka, India’s limited-overs side faces a conundrum in selecting his replacement. Virat Kohli was thrown in at the deep end in the first ODI, and fared poorly (although who didn’t for India?).

Subramaniam Badrinath has never opened in a One-Day match, Parthiv Patel has but not very successfully, and Irfan Pathan has but even less successfully. What’s to be done?

I’d keep faith with Kohli, although I am probably not in the majority on that, and it might put a lot of pressure on Gambhir, who would need to adapt his approach in the absence of an experienced swashbuckler at the other end. Ultimately, India need a bit more solidity and confidence all the way down the order, and worrying about Mendis is counterproductive, especially when he’s not bowling.

That said, if India are all out again for less than 250 tomorrow, heads might start rolling.

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