India squad for Test series 2008
Mahendra Singh Dhoni (captain)
India's latest pin-up cricketer has barely paused for breath since emerging on the international scene four years ago and led the landmark victory campaign over Australia earlier this winter. Took charge of the Test side following Anil Kumble's retirement midway through the Australia series last month.
Wicketkeeper Dhoni's sounding board on the field and a batsman of similar ilk who has undergone a resurgence since being overlooked last year. The first Indian to score a triple hundred in Test cricket and averages more than 50.
Although he was banned for the final Test against Australia, he is set to resume his Delhi partnership with Virender Sehwag at the top of the order following a fine year, including a double hundred against the Aussies.
Second in India's list of Test run-scorers, there are fears that the end is nigh for the former captain's career. He has been overlooked for one-day cricket in recent times and has mustered only two half-centuries in nine Tests heading into the England series.
Undoubtedly the biggest icon in the history of the game and the holder of various records - the most Test hundreds and leading Test run-scorer included - who will want to ensure he improves on relatively fallow series against England in the past two years.
Nicknamed Very Very Special, and a cricketing oddity in that his most success has come against Australia, he has not made a hundred against England in 11 appearances and may not be around the next time they meet.
Arguably the world's most destructive contemporary one-day batsman, whose Test outings have been restricted by his country's golden generation. The left-hander earned his recall following Sourav Ganguly's recent retirement.
The mantle of India's leading spin bowler has passed to him now former ally Anil Kumble has retired, and he will be the main threat to England if he can replicate his form of 2001 when he wreaked havoc in Mohali.
Revitalised by his 2006 season with Worcestershire, the left-arm seamer was a revelation in India's win on English soil last summer, claiming the man of the series award for his part in dismantling the English batting.
India's new kid on the block appears to have everything a fast bowler craves - pace, accuracy, cunning, skill and stamina - attributes he used to good effect in claiming 15 wickets in four Tests against the Australians.
Conventional leg-spinner who became only the sixth Indian to take five wickets on debut, against the Aussies in Mohali after filling in for injured then captain Anil Kumble. The man given first chance to replace him in the long term.
Unearthed during England's previous tour of the subcontinent, a wiry fast bowler whose ability to produce late swing can cause a threat, he reaped seven debut Test wickets in victory at Mohali but has not played for a year.
Prolific right-handed opener who made made his debut in the final Test against Australia at Nagpur to replace the banned Gautam Gambhir. Will act as cover if any of the bigger names are forced into a late withdrawal through illness or injury.
Called up as Sachin Tendulkar's replacement for the recent one-day series against Sri Lanka. A tall right-handed batsman who many believe could force his way into the India side sooner rather than later.
An emerging left-arm spinner who was all set to play in the remaining one-day internationals until they were cancelled because of the Mumbai attacks. Acting as understudy for Harbhajan Singh at present, but one for the future possibly.