Faridabad: Zimbabwe captain Stuart Carlisle believes his team has a fighting chance of surprising a depleted India in the One-day series starting on Thursday. India will be without explosive openers Sachin Tendulkar and Virender Sehwag, and fast bowler Javagal Srinath for the first three One-dayers of the five-match series. Srinath and Tendulkar have been rested, while Sehwag is unavailable due to a shoulder injury sustained during the second and final Test at Delhi on Sunday. India won the Test series 2-0.
Tendulkar is the world's highest run-getter in the shorter version of the game, having scored 11,069 in 286 matches with a record 31 centuries. "I think any team will be relieved to know that these two batsmen are not playing. Their absence will certainly enhance our chances," Carlisle said on Wednesday. Tendulkar and Sehwag batted well against England in a One-day series at home last month, sharing two century stands for the opening wicket in four matches.
Carlisle said he hoped his team would do well despite not getting enough time to prepare for One-dayers, starting just two days after the second Test. "There has been very little time to prepare for the One-dayers. The four players who have flown in are yet to adjust to the conditions here," Carlisle said. Gary Brent, Douglas Marillier, Douglas Hondo and Charles Coventry joined the squad after the Test series, replacing Raymond Price, Trevor Gripper, Gavin Rennie and Brighton Watambwa.
Carlisle, however, felt Price would not be missed in the one-dayers. "Ray bowled very well in the Tests, but One-dayers are a different game. The wickets are not expected to turn as much as they did in Tests," he said.
Teams (from): India: Saurav Ganguly (captain), Shiv Sundar Das, Rahul Dravid, Venkatsai Laxman, Dinesh Mongia, Sanjay Bangar, Mohammed Kaif, Ajay Ratra, Zaheer Khan, Ajit Agarkar, Tinu Yohannan, Anil Kumble, Harbhajan Singh and Sharandeep Singh.
Zimbabwe: Stuart Carlisle (captain), Heath Streak, Alistair Campbell, Dion Ebrahim, Andy Flower, Grant Flower, Travis Friend, Tatenda Taibu, Mpumelelo Mbangwa, Craig Wishart, Gary Brent, Douglas Merillier, Charles Coventry and Douglas Hondo.
Umpires: Subroto Porel and I Sivaram (both India). Match referee: John Reid (New Zealand).
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