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India’s bowlers did not enjoy a lot of success in the last match © PTI

After being humbled by West Indies in the first One-Day International (ODI), India will look to put up a much better team effort at the Feroz Shah Kotla, Delhi on Saturday. Abhijit Banare looks at India’s likely XI.

Batting: Having failed to chase down a total which they otherwise surpass with consummate ease, the pressure is on the Indian batting. The strength of Indian team never looked in control of the chase in the first ODI. However, no changes can be expected here. The opening combination of Ajinkya Rahane and Shikhar Dhawan is still in its early stages. Virat Kohli, Suresh Raina, Ambati Rayudu are good enough to hold their places. The only change that can happen is the batting order. Only time will tell whether Kohli’s poor form fades or the team management lose patience. But there are talks of Kohli batting down the order. And if he indeed does, the best man to take over the No 3 spot is Suresh Raina. In fact all the other choices have had experience of batting at the position, be it Ambati Rayudu or MS Dhoni, but Raina’s form and experience makes him a front-runner.

Bowling: It has been a complicated relationship between skipper MS Dhoni and the bowlers, especially when it comes to home matches. 300-plus totals on featherbeds have become a usual sight. On some other day, skipper Dhoni would have opted to play with the same XI, but Mohit Sharma’s injury leaves him with two choices to pick from: Ishant Sharma or Umesh Yadav.

Both options have their own advantage and a common disadvantage. Ishant is the local boy here. While Ishant’s record in his last few ODIs may not seem impressive, he has been a mainstay for India in Tests. And that could influence giving him a spot in the XI.

At the same time, Umesh has been rusting on the benches for a long time. Picked for his brilliant run with the A team Down under, Umesh has hardly got a chance to prove himself. The pace at which he bowls can unsettle a batsman, but like Ishant can be very erratic.

Apart from the above selection dilemma, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Mohammed Shami, Amit Mishra and Ravindra Jadeja ought to continue to be the main bowlers for Dhoni.

Changes: India will be forced to make a change due to Mohit’s injury. Umesh is the most likely to pip Ishant in the race but you never know, Ishant might just end up playing on his home ground. It will be interesting to see who makes the cut.

Likely Playing XI: Ajinkya Rahane, Shikhar Dhawan, Virat Kohli, Ambati Rayudu, Suresh Raina, MS Dhoni, Ravindra Jadeja, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Amit Mishra, Mohammed Shami, Umesh Yadav.

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(Abhijit Banare is a reporter at CricketCountry. He is an avid quizzer and loves to analyse and dig out interesting facts which allows him to learn something new every day. Apart from cricket he also likes to keep a sharp eye on Indian politics, and can be followed on @AbhijitVirgo)