Harare, July 24 (): On Thursday July 24, at the Harare Sports Club, a new bilateral series will start with the first of five ODIs spread across 11 days between the hosts Zimbabwe and India.
Team India: Virat Kohli (capt.), Shikhar Dhawan, Rohit Sharma, Dinesh Karthik, Cheteshwar Pujara, Suresh Raina, Ambati Rayudu, Ajinkya Rahane, Ravindra Jadeja, Amit Mishra, Parveez Rasool, Shami Ahmed, R Vinay Kumar, Jaydev Unadkat, Mohit Sharma.
The Indians are led by 24-year-old young chap Virat Kohli this time after Mahendra Singh Dhoni was rested.This team can be called a new-look team as the top spinner R Ashwin, and frontline pacer Ishant Sharma, Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Umesh Yadav are missing from action apart from Dhoni.
The Indian batting line-up consists of Kohli, Rohit Sharma and Shikhar Dhawan. Rohit is all good to do opening role and he would strengthen his position with some good knocks here.
India’s bowling side also has an all-new look with the duo of Shami Ahmed and Mohit Sharma comprising the pace department. Vinay Kumar and Jaydev Unadkat are the other speed bowlers in the squad.
The spin attack would be done by debutant Parveez Rasool, the first cricketer from Jammu and Kashmir and the experienced Amit Mishra. Dinesh Karthik would take the wicket keeping in Dhoni’s absence.
Team Zimbabwe: Brendan Taylor (capt & wk), Sikandar Raza, Tendai Chatara, Michael Chinouya, Elton Chigumbura, Graeme Cremer, Kyle Jarvis, Timycen Maruma, Hamilton Masakadza, Natsai M`shangwe, Tinotenda Mutombodzi, Vusimuzi Sibanda, Prosper Utseya, Brian Vitori, Malcolm Waller, Sean Williams.
Zimbabwe may not be too big a force to figure with in international cricket but can be a handful for an under-strength team.
The squad features five seamers – Kyle Jarvis, Tendai Chatara, Brian Vitori, Elton Chigumbura and the uncapped Michael Chinouya. Taylor is their main star in the batting side and he has the best record against India in ODIs, with 184 runs at an average of 46 in four games.