Nagpur: India"s humiliating defeat at Nagpur has seen ODI specialist Suresh Raina getting his big break in the longer format of the game.
The middle-order was collapsed without the injured Rahul Dravid, Laxman and Yuvraj Singh, though the two Tamil Nadu batsmen Murali Vijay and Subramaniam Badrinath tried their best to fill in.
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Karthik, Raina and Sreesanth are going to replace Abhimanyu Mithun of Karnataka, Uttar Pradesh's Sudeep Tyagi and the hapless Saha who played his bit in prolonging the Indian second-innings, featuring in fifty-plus partnerships with Harbhajan Singh and Zaheer Khan.
The second and final Test of the series starts from February 14.
India Squad: Mahendra Singh Dhoni (captain), Virender Sehwag, Gautam Gambhir, Murali Vijay, Sachin Tendulkar, VVS Laxman, Subramaniam Badrinath, Harbhajan Singh, Amit Mishra, Zaheer Khan, Shantakumaran Sreesanth, Ishant Sharma, Pragyan Ojha, Dinesh Karthik, Suresh Raina.