Rajkot, Jan 10: After two series defeats within a month, Team India would look to bounce back and avenge the loss against England in the Test series with a 5-0 win in the ODIs to regain the No 1 spot.
The Indian team looks refreshing with a couple of changes, as Cheteshwar Pujara has replaced Virender Sehwag in the squad and young Shami Ahmed who impressed everyone on his ODI debut could also get to play a few matches against England.
Ishant Sharma, Shami Ahmed, Ashok Dinda and Bhuvaneshwar Kumar make a perfect pace attack which gives some hope for Team India as the bowling attack was the most vulnerable until the third ODI against Pakistan.
With Yuvraj Singh and Suresh Raina not performing well, looks like Rohit Sharma would get a nod.
A flat track on offering suggests that Dhoni would enjoy playing his shots but would also look forward for a better performance from his top order that has failed miserably in the last few weeks. Especially after the series loss against England, wherein Indian cricketers struggled to play English bowlers.
Cheteshwar Pujara's inclusion would boost Team India's confidence, as he has a triple ton to his credit against Karnataka in the Ranji Trophy match. If Virat Kohli, Ajinkya Rahane and Gautam Gambhir fire, MS Dhoni would be the most happiest person, especially after the recent losses to England and Pakistan at home.
On the other hand, England would also look to forget the successive defeats in the tour games against India A and Delhi XI ahead of the ODI series against India. A series win would help England retain their No 1 spot in ODIs.
With the likes of Kevin Pietersen, Ian Bell, Eoin Morgan, Alastair Cook, England are definitely a tough side to beat. Moreover, with Tim Bresnan, Steven Finn, James Tredwell in the team, England would look forward for a good start against India in the five-match ODI series starting at Rajkot on Jan 11.
India: M.S. Dhoni (Captain), Gautam Gambhir, Ajinkya Rahane, Cheteshwar Pujara, Virat Kohli, Rohit Sharma, Yuvraj Singh, Suresh Raina, R Ashwin, Ravindra Jadeja, Amit Mishra, Ishant Sharma, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Ashok Dinda, Shami Ahmed
England: Alastair Cook, Joe Root, Ian Bell, Tim Bresnan, Danny Briggs, Joseph Buttler, Jade Dernbach, Steven Finn, Craig Kieswetter(wk), Stuart Meakar, Eoin Morgan, Samit Patel, Kevin Petersen, James Tredwell, Chris Woakes.
Umpires: Steve Davis and S Ravi
Third umpire: Vineet Kulkarni
Match referee: Andy Pycroft
Match starts at 12 noon (IST).