Hyderabad, Oct 13: Team India have been very successful in the past few years claiming the first World Twenty20 International championship and crowned World Champions in 2011, though the recent success nobody would have thought Team India would be white-washed in the recent tour of England.
The new look Indian team have just four survivors from the side which played in the world cup final, skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni, Guatam Gambhir, Virat Kohli and Suresh Raina. Injured Sachin Tendulkar, Virender Sehwag, Yuvraj singh, Zaheer Khan, Munaf Patel have been ruled out.
Poor performances in the previous series also cost first choice spinner Harbhajan Singh and pacer S Sreesanth a place in the squad. R Ashwin will take over as No. 1 spinner with Ravindra Jadeja being the second spinner. A surprise inclusion has been leg-spinner Rahul Sharma after an impressive performance in first class cricket and last season IPL with Pune Warriors.
Concerned with pacers the selectors went for karnataka medium-pacer Sreenath Aravind and Varun Aaron who was part of the ODI squad in England but did not play, will replace Zaheer Khan.
Gautham Gambhir will open the batting with either Parthiv Patel or Ajinkya Rahane who played in the difficult conditions of England will replace the likes of Sachin Tendulkar, Virender Sehwag, Yuvraj singh. The middle order comprises of Virat Kohli, Suresh Raina, Ravindra Jadeja and captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni.
Team India miss five of the eleven players who won India the World Cup are facing a big challenge at home with a young inexperienced side against an intimidating England side.
Engalnd have won just once in the last 10 ODI's on Indian Soil, which included a thrilling tie during the World Cup in Bangalore in March. But England are well prepared after a dominant home season when they beat India 4-0 in the Test series to take over as the world's number one team, and also won the one-dayers 3-0.
Cook, however, refused to take victory for granted against a depleted home team missing key players, "I don't see any relation between what happened in England and what's going to happen out here, they might lack the international experience but are quite experienced with the playing conditions," Cook said ahead of the first one-dayer at the Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium in Hyderabad.
The visitors won both their warm-up games, first by defending 219 and second by setting up a daunting 367, while Indian hopefuls and discards fought in a dreary Challenger Series. So with England completing their soil tests in style.
Kevin Pietersen returns for England after being omitted for the one-dayers against India at home, but the tourists are without pace spearheads James Anderson who is being rested, and Stuart Broad who is injured.
Tim Bresnan, Jade Dernbach and Steven Finn will head the tourists' pace attack, which also includes 22-year-old uncapped Stuart Meaker.
Despite injuries to star players and the humiliating defeats on English soil, India appeared unfazed. "England played very well in England and deserved to win, but we will do well at home," said middle-order batsman Raina.
The remaining four matches after the Hyderabad opener will be played in New Delhi on October 17, Mohali on the 20th, Mumbai on the 23rd and Kolkata on the 25th. England will round off the tour with a Twenty20 game in Kolkata on October 29.
A real test for Team India's young guns as they look to take revenge against England.