England in India 2011 - India squad
Mahendra Singh Dhoni,
captain & wicketkeeper
Assured of immortality after leading India to World Cup glory, Dhoni’s failure to prevent Test and ODI series defeats in England this summer will have little impact on his reputation. He remains a swashbuckling batsman whose extravagance often overshadows his steady nerve.
Parthiv Patel, wicketkeeper
Parthiv’s performances in England seemed to sum up a career that remains somewhat unfulfilled: 95 in the opening ODI followed by four innings in which he failed to reach 30. A dashing left-handed opener, Parthiv, like so many small batsmen, favours the back foot, and England know they can ill afford to offer him width.
Arguably the find of India’s tour of England, Rahane was responsible for supplying much of the early impetus in the Twenty20 and one-day internationals courtesy of an impressive array of strokes all around the wicket. Although a strong bottom hand means he favours the leg side, he is an accomplished striker through and over extra-cover.
An elbow injury and concussion contributed to a largely miserable tour of England for Gambhir, but there remains little doubt over his quality with the bat. Particularly fluent through the off side, an average above 40 after more than 100 one-day internationals is testament to that.
Kohli is seen by many as the future of Indian cricket, and the rock around which their batting order should revolve for the next decade. A largely orthodox technique has not prevented him averaging comfortably more than 40 in his career to date. He is a superb fielder and voracious competitor to boot.
Along with Virat Kohli, Raina provides considerable ballast to the India middle order. If his reputation as a Test batsman was severely dented in England, he showed during the one-day series that he remains one of the most feared hitters in the shorter forms. No ground is capable of containing this explosive left-hander at his best.
Tiwary is one of a clutch of India players called to England at late notice yet who keep their place in the squad for the return series. A batting average of 55 may not be extraordinary in Indian first-class cricket, but Tiwary’s attacking instincts - he modelled himself on Kevin Pietersen - make him a potentially destructive opponent.
A resourceful left-handed batsman whose intelligent slow left-armers mean he can operate as a fifth bowler, Jadeja proved himself a valuable addition to the India side following his late call-up in England this summer. A fine 78 and 2-42 in a losing cause at the Kia Oval showcased his all-round credentials.
Praveen is a canny seamer whose lack of pace is negated to a large extent by an ability to swing the ball both ways. English conditions enabled him to impress in the long and short forms of the game this summer, and much will be expected of a player who is likely to lead a relatively green bowling attack.
Aaron is a genuine pace prospect with a repeatable action, although, at 21, previous back problems do not bode well. He was called up as a replacement for Ishant Sharma on the recent tour of England, but is still waiting for his international debut. Aaron boasts an eye-catching strike-rate of a wicket every four overs in one-day cricket.
Yadav may have been a late developer - he only took up cricket seriously at the age of 19 - but he has shown signs during his embryonic career that a bright future lies ahead. A seamer with appreciable - if not express - pace, his three ODI appearances to date came in the space of a week in Zimbabwe last year.
Like many of the next generation of Indian cricketers, left-arm seamer Aravind forged his reputation in part through his performances in the Indian Premier League: he took 21 wickets in 13 games for Royal Challengers Bangalore this year. However, a first-class average of 27 suggests he is more than a limited-overs specialist.
Vinay has had to bide his time for a chance in the India side. He made his international debut during the World Twenty20 last year and his ODI bow shortly after. A skiddy seamer who bowled respectably in English conditions this summer, it remains to be seen whether he takes the new ball on home soil.
Ashwin looks likely to fill the role normally occupied by the out-of-favour Harbhajan Singh. A tall, accurate off-spinner whose command of length and variations in pace are among his strongest assets, he also offers effective unorthodoxy with the bat down the order.
Rahul has overcome a nerve problem that affected his vision to win a place in the India one-day squad. A tall leg-spinner capable of extracting extra bounce, he looks set to serve as second-choice spinner behind Ravichandran Ashwin. His first-class bowling average is more than double his ODI and T20 figures.