India squad for fourth Test v England 2012-13
Mahendra Singh Dhoni, captain
India's skipper in all forms for more than four years, Dhoni is a fiercely-determined wicketkeeper-batsman capable of breathtaking strokeplay. His game appears more naturally suited to the shorter forms, but he averages over 45 in Tests on home soil and also boasts an ice-cool temperament.
Arguably one of the finest opening batsmen to have played the game, Sehwag's all-or-nothing approach at the top of the order can frustrate and delight in equal measure. After a lean spell - his last Test hundred prior to this series came in November 2010 - the 34-year-old, a devastating punisher of width, will be keen to demonstrate his worth.
A left-hander with plenty of shots in his armoury, Gambhir can knuckle down when needed but comes into this series under some pressure following a lengthy spell without a century. In 2009, he was the International Cricket Council's Test player of the year, but it remains to be seen whether he can recapture his best form.
Pujara faces the nigh-on impossible challenge of following in the footsteps of Rahul Dravid. India's latest number three would appear to boast similar defensive qualities to 'The Wall' and has already impressed many in the early stages of his international career.
What more can be written about the great Tendulkar? A walking batting textbook, he is the leading run-scorer in Tests and one-day internationals, and his record of 100 (and counting) international centuries may never be surpassed. At 39, the Little Master is nearing the end of his career at the highest level, but do not bet against him enjoying a final flourish.
The pick of India's younger batsmen, Kohli is likely to carry the hopes of his country for years to come. A majestic timer of the ball, he has displayed increasing maturity in recent times and can be expected to transfer his stunning success in limited-overs cricket to the Test arena.
Jadeja has yet to make his bow in the Test arena, but heads into the final encounter in exceptional form having recently struck two Ranji Trophy triple-centuries in a month. He will likely earn a place in Nagpur, having replaced Yuvraj Singh in the squad.
Uncapped in Tests ahead of this rubber, Rahane demonstrated his potential as a limited-overs batsman versus England last year. A diminutive right-hander, he boasts a sensational first-class average and comes into this series in fine form, having added 200 with Mumbai team-mate Tendulkar in a Ranji Trophy fixture at the start of November.
A tall, dependable opening batsman, Vijay has had to wait for opportunities with India due to the pre-eminence of Sehwag and Gambhir. In November 2008 he shared an opening stand of 462 with Abhinav Mukund in a Ranji Trophy game, two short of a world record.
A rookie in international terms, medium-pacer Awana boasts an impressive first-class record with 131 wickets at an average of 29.42. He will battle it out with Ashok Dinda, Ishant Sharma and Piyush Chawla for two of three bowling slots.
The 26-year-old has usurped Harbhajan Singh as India’s leading off-spinner. Ashwin, who has a variety of dangerous deliveries, took nine match wickets on Test debut in November 2011 versus West Indies, the second highest by an Indian debutant. Later in that series he scored a century.
Ashwin’s Test spin twin in recent times, the left-armer has been a formidable foil with 33 of the duo’s 73 wickets in the five home Tests during the 12 months leading into this series. Having made his debut three years ago, Ojha’s 16 Tests have all been in the sub-continent.
A lofty fast bowler who struggled during England’s whitewash of India last year. Ishant therefore has a point to prove against Alastair Cook’s side on home soil where, despite pitches usually favouring spinners over seamers, he has a better Test record than overseas.
A leg-spinner with all the variations, Chawla has never quite lived up to what was expected when he made his Test debut as a 17-year-old against England in 2006. He has played in just one five-day encounter since, against South Africa two years later.
Dinda was called up as cover for fellow seamer Ishant, who was ruled out of the first Test with a viral infection. Dinda, whose breakthrough came when he was spotted bowling in the nets at Kolkata, had represented India in both limited-overs formats but was yet to play a Test.