The Irani Trophy match will be the only warm-up game before the first Test against Australia which starts on Oct 9. The contest gains huge importance despite the absence of India's two most followed cricketers of this era – Sachin Tendulkar and Sourav Ganguly. With at least two national selectors expected at the venue, all the players would be keen to impress them.
Rest of India (Playing XI): Rahul Dravid, Wasim Jaffer, Mohammad Kaif, Subramaniam Badrinath, VVS Laxman, Mahendra Singh Dhoni(w), Anil Kumble(c), Harbhajan Singh, Zaheer Khan, Munaf Patel, Rudra Pratap Singh.
Delhi (Playing XI): Gautam Gambhir, Akash Chopra, Virender Sehwag(c), Mithun Manhas, Virat Kohli, Rajat Bhatia, Puneet Bisht(w), Chetanya Nanda, Pradeep Sangwan, Ashish Nehra, Ishant Sharma