London, Sep 9: If M S Dhoni doesn't go back to his usual self as a captain, then there is no chance of him arresting the ever sliding fortunes of his team on the current tour of England. There is no more blunt a way to put the fact forward than this as the Indian skipper who gained success with his risky decisions is suddenly falling back on the convention. But with a single win against England yet to be registered in this tour, it is now becoming inevitable for him to take desperate measures.
The problem for India, so far has been its bowling which has badly suffered due to injuries, lack of pace and more importantly wrong selections. Varun Aaron who was included to give the seam attack some pace to rattle the English batsman has so far only warmed the benches. He may not rip apart the England line-up in his very first match, but it certainly won't be a bad idea to throuw him into the middle and see his response. The result cannot get worse than it is now, so why not take a chance by drafting him ahead of Vinay Kumar.
Ashwin despite all the hype surrounding him has not quite delivered to the expectations. But he should not be blamed for that as the rest of the bowling unit have not yet delivered. So he will certainly and should also be persisted with.
And then, it would not be a bad idea for Dhoni to play one batsman short and draft in Amit Mishra ahead of Manoj Tiwary or Ravindra Jadeja to have the option of a fifth bowler. Mishra can bat a bit as he showed in the fourth Test against England.
The batting meanwhile has been first class to say the least and if Dhoni himself contributes a bit more to the score, then it will certainly be all the more beneficial for India.
England on the other hand appear to be a stable unit with no changes needed anywhere. But if it gets to be a full game then one might say Trott getting back into side ahead of Samit Patel. The rest of the batting line up will remain the same with Bell and Bopara getting chances to make their cases in the ODI outfit.
India (possible): Ajinkya Rahane, Parthiv Patel, Rahul Dravid, Virat Kohli, Suresh Raina, MS Dhoni (capt/wk), Amit Mishra, R Ashwin, Praveen Kumar, Munaf Patel, Varun Aaron
England (possible): Craig Kieswetter (wk), Alastair Cook (capt), Jonathan Trott, Ian Bell, Ravi Bopara, Ben Stokes, Tim Bresnan, Graeme Swann, Stuart Broad, James Anderson, Jade Dernbach