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India beat Zimbabwe 3-0 in July 2015 © AFP

Team India is scheduled to play three-match ODI as well T20 series against Zimbabwe from June 11 to 22, 2016. There were reports that India’s star batsman Virat Kohli along with Rohit Sharma and Shikhar Dhawan are likely to be rested for this tour, as India’s upcoming season comprises of 17 Test matches. Though Ajinkya Rahane was not mentioned in the list, the selectors would like to give him a rest along with limited-overs captain MS Dhoni. However, we have been witnessing some spectacular performances from India’s young guns in the ongoing Indian Premier League (IPL). Let’s have a look at the probable 15-man squad for India’s tour of Zimbabwe: READ: Virat Kohli, Ajinkya Rahane rested, MS Dhoni to lead; India announce squad for Zimbabwe tour

Suresh Raina (c): It all started when Raina captained India in a T20 series against West Indies in 2011. With the help of deputy Harbhajan Singh, Raina led his team with example and brought them to the doorstep of victory. He continued his captaincy success by thumping Bangladesh by 2-0 in their own den in 2014. As a matter of fact, every time Raina captained Team India, it has never lost a series.

Murali Vijay: Vijay has been in an ominous touch in IPL 9, as he plundered 453 runs at an average of 34.84. In the absence of regular openers Rohit and Dhawan, he will play a vital role to provide a flying start.

Gautam Gambhir: The last time Gambhir played an ODI was in January 2013 against England. However, given he has been in an excellent form in the ongoing as well as previous seasons of IPL, he deserves a place in the limited-overs squad. His experience and skill will help India emerge victorious in foreign coditions.

KL Rahul: Rahul has not played an ODI yet, and this might be the breakthrough the young gun has been looking for ever since he played professional cricket. He has scored 386 runs at a staggering average of 55.14. Moreover, he has taken few blinders with the gloves as well.

Yuvraj Singh: Yuvraj earned a place in India’s T20 squad of late. His last-over heroics Down Under is a proof that there’s some gas left in the tank. Having another experienced campaigner in the playing XI will help the young team play well together as a cohesive unit. Read: Anurag Thakur not youngest-ever BCCI President

Manish Pandey: He has played only 4 matches so far and already has a hundred to his name. In the series Down Under earlier this year, his unbeaten 104 helped India chase down a mammoth 300-plus score with ease and grace.

Hardik Pandya: The ever-improving Pandya is likely to make a debut in 50-over format. He provided impetus with both bat and ball in the recently-concluded ICC World T20 2016. At No. 7, he can use the long handle to a blasting effect in the death overs.

Harbhajan Singh: The turbonator has scalped 269 wickets at an average of 33.35. Plus, he has over 1,200 runs to his name. If the batsmen fail to go great guns, he can play a fiery cameo to keep the scoreboard ticking.

Bhuvneshwar Kumar: He has a reputation of swinging the ball both ways and dismantling the batsman’s defence. With 18 wickets in IPL 9, he seemed to have regained his lost mojo.

Yuzvendra Chahal: India has tried a number of leg-spinners over the years, after the retirement of the legendary Anil Kumble. But none of them could consistently perform well. And, with the kind of display leg-spinners have been putting up in T20s overs of late, Chahal might turn out to be a heartening aspect for Team India. With 19 wickets in only 11 matches, he is the owner of the Purple Cap in IPL 2016.

Jasprit Bumrah: The man with a sling-shot action—Jasprit Bumrah—made a lot of headlines ever since he made an international debut. In the only ODI he played, he managed to dismiss Steven Smith and James Faulkner. Against his impeccable yorkers, it will be an uphill task for Zimbabwe to score runs at a brisk rate.

Ambati Rayudu: He impressed Kohli when he scored his maiden hundred. In 31 ODIs he played for India, he managed to score 952 runs at an impressive average of 45.33. Moreover, if Rahul gets injured, he can be handy as a backup keeper. Read: India to pick ODI, T20I squads for tours of Zimbabwe, Test squad for West Indies on May 23

Krunal Pandya: Another Indian player who rose to prominence in IPL is Krunal Pandya. He was effective with both bat and ball. His all-round abilities will put India in a commanding position.

Mohit Sharma: He has played a T20 as well as a 50-over World Cup for India in the past 2 years. He’s been out of the international arena due to injury. However, he will be itching to put up a stellar performance once again.

Sandeep Sharma: He has a wicket to his name in the only 2 T20Is he played for India against Zimbabwe last year. And his chances of playing against the same nation are high, simply because of an excellent performance in the domestic arena this year.

Probable 15-man squad: Murali Vijay, Gautam Gambhir, KL Rahul (wk), Suresh Raina (c), Yuvraj Singh, Manish Pandey, Hardik Pandya, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Harbhajan Singh, Yuzvendra Chahal, Jasprit Bumrah, Ambati Ruyudu, Krunal Pandya, Mohit Sharma, Sandeep Sharma

(Kaustubh S. Mayekar, a reporter at CricketCountry, played cricket at U-16 level. Like his idol Rahul Dravid, he often shadow-practises cricket shots. His Twitter handle is @kaumedy_