India vs Zimbabwe 2016: Six Indian players who can make debut during the ODI series
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Debuting for a national side is like a dream come true for any budding talent and the moment is just overwhelming. As India hasve been scheduled to tour Zimbabwe for One-Day International (ODI) and Twenty20 International (T20I) series, a talented young side has been picked for the thrilling encounter. In a country where cricket is reckoned as a religion and the game takes a new stand, sculpting a spot in the playing XI becomes an arduous task. A cricketer has to battle it out right from the moment he takes on the field. At first he has to be the best and make it to the highest level and get noticed. Then they have to drill extremely hard to get a game for their country after which they put in the hard yards to get selected in the playing XI. Suraj Choudhari looks at six such names that can see their dream come true in the ODI series which commences this Saturday. READ MORE: Jeet Raval: 10 lesser-known facts about Indian-born cricketer all set to play for New Zealand

1.  Karun Nair: A prolific run-scorer in the Indian domestic circuit, Nair has shown enough mettle to make it count at the grandest level. Having played well in the recently concluded Indian Premier League (IPL) season 9, one can expect the crafty batsman from Karnataka to don the Indian colours against Zimbabwe. Nair played few match-winning knocks for Delhi Daredevils (DD) in the IPL and gave a testament to his ability to perform in crunch situations. READ MORE: Andrew Symonds: 13 facts about the controversial Australian all-rounder.

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2.  Faiz Fazal: He’s been a surprise selection for the tour and riding on his consistent domestic run, he manages to reserve a place on the flight to Zimbabwe. The left-handed batsman from Nagpur will be eager to justify his selection and get some massive runs. READ MORE: Virat Kohli expresses his support to Germany for Euro 2016.

3.  Mandeep Singh: Mandeep was fruitful in the Ranji Trophy 2015-16, where he played some determined knocks. Though he did not get much to do for the Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) side in the IPL, he would be itching to make his opportunities count and one can expect him to get most of the games. Mandeep has done enough to reap fruits for the amount of hard work he has put in. It’s time, he should convert potential into performance.    READ MORE: What made Surrey Cricket say ‘behave yourself’ to Kumar Sangakkara?

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4.  Jayant Yadav: Yadav can turn out to be valuable understudy for Ravichandran Ashwin, as both the cricketers possess similar skill sets. They bowl off-spin and are handy with the bat lower down the order. Yadav has a golden opportunity around the corner as Zimbabwean batsmen are not recognised for their prowess against spin.

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5.  Yuzvendra Chahal: Chahal bowled with immense confidence in the IPL and was one of the pillars of strength in the star studded RCB side. He had enough variations up in his sleeve which he brought into use gracefully. Chahal wil probably lead the spin attack and considering the fact that he is a leg-spinner, he should eye for wickets and and cement his place in the side.

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6.  KL Rahul: A lot will be riding on Rahul’s shoulders as he has shown immense temperament and ingredients to excel at the international level. He looks composed at the crease and hails of sound technique. Rahul was instrumental in the IPL and has had a good run in the domestic circuit. He is hungry for success and is a proven match-winner. This would be the perfect stage for right-handed genius to prove his worth. He has featured for the Test side but shorter format is a different ballgame altogether.

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(Suraj Choudharian avid cricket follower who plays the sport at club level, is a staffer with CricLife)