Perth: India is blessed with a pleasant selection dilemma ahead of their attempt to square the series with Australia after a 72-run win in the third Test at the WACA Ground.
The Indians dropped spinner Harbhajan Singh, who was banned for three matches after the contentious Sydney Test, for the third Test to add a third seamer in the form of Irfan Pathan.
The move was a resounding success, with Pathan producing a man-of-the-match performance in claiming five wickets and making 46 and 28 with the bat.
However, the Indians will be keen to slot Harbhajan, who remains free to play pending his appeal, back into the side for the fourth Test at the Adelaide Oval, starting Thursday, as they seek to level the series.
Spin is expected to play a significant part in the match and Harbhajan is almost certain to return to partner captain Anil Kumble.
Either one of the seamers will need to go, and Pathan, Ishant Sharma and RP Singh all bowled exceptionally in Perth, or a specialist batsman will have to make way.
Opener Wasim Jaffer has been struggling and made just 16 and 11 here, but his opening partnerships of 57 and 45 with Virender Sehwag were important in blunting Australia's pace attack.
Dropping Jaffer would also likely force Rahul Dravid to return to the top of the order, where he admitted he didn't enjoy playing after his crucial first innings 93 in Perth back at number three.
Pathan is a genuine all-rounder and has opened the batting for India previously, but asking him to open the batting and bowling would be a huge task.
However, he could comfortably move up to number seven if Jaffer was dropped to accommodate the return of Harbhajan.
"It'll be a tough decision and we'll have to assess the conditions," Kumble said when asked who would play.
"I don't want to go with any fixed mindset.
"We'll assess the wicket in Adelaide and based on that we'll make the decision."
Kumble admitted it would be hard to drop any of the players that helped India to a historic win in Perth.
"Everyone chipped in, everyone contributed," he added. "It was a great team effort."