India squad for ODIs v England 2013
Mahendra Singh Dhoni (captain, wicketkeeper)
Dhoni continues to be India’s most consistent one-day international batsman even amid their recent struggles. The wicketkeeper-batsman has a cool head and a devastating array of strokes, including the ‘helicopter shot’ that he flicks over midwicket.
Like his captain, the opening batsman is a regular in all forms for India. While Gambhir lacks Dhoni’s powerful hitting, he has a deft touch that allows him to score smoothly in the limited-overs formats.
England know all about Pujara after he struck a double-century and 135 in the opening two Tests of four between the sides. Possessing an outstanding technique, he recently showed an ability to score quickly with a dynamic Ranji Trophy 221-delivery 203.
Likely to open after Virender Sehwag was dropped, Rahane possesses a wide range of strokes and could well prove mightily effective alongside Gambhir at the top of India’s order.
The most talented of India’s new generation of batsmen, Kohli has a quite outstanding one-day international record. He is a natural timer of the ball and can score rapidly all round the wicket.
Rohit made his 50-over debut in 2007, at which point he was touted as the next big thing, yet has not been able to establish himself as a regular fixture in the XI. The stylish batsman possesses talent in abundance but needs to find better consistency.
A diminutive, powerful batsman, Raina is perfectly suited to limited-overs cricket and his fine record suggests as much. He has often impressed against England and his off-spin may also prove a factor.
The all-rounder’s return to the international game after his recovery from lung cancer has yielded mixed results, but he was India’s best player in the Twenty20 series. Yuvraj will be hoping to contribute once more, both as a destructive batsman and left-arm spinner.
The bowling all-rounder has established himself in all three international forms, with his Test batting lately coming to the fore. Off-spin remains his forte and he will have a key role to play against an England side with plenty to prove against tweakers on the sub-continent.
A one-day regular for his country, Jadeja has all the skills to excel. Principally a batsman, he is also an excellent fielder and bowls useful left-arm spin.
Dinda is a seamer with a handful of limited-overs internationals who has been a steady performer in the Indian Premier League. The paceman was struck for a final-ball six by Eoin Morgan in the second Twenty20 international, a shot that secured the tourists a series draw.
Bhuvneshwar has the potential to be a genuine international all-rounder as his impressive first-class and List A batting and bowling averages suggest. He certainly impressed in the recent 2-1 loss to Pakistan, claiming five wickets at an average of 23.80.
A solid one-day international seamer with a good slower ball, Ishant has a decent record but is someone that England’s batsmen may well choose to target over the course of the rubber.
A leg-spinner who has yet to live up to the potential he showed early in his international career, Mishra may well struggle for playing time as India often opt to pick part-time tweakers who can bat.
A medium pacer, Shami offers a little of the unknown having played a sole one-day international thus far, in which he claimed 1-23 from nine overs as India secured a face-saving victory versus Pakistan at Delhi.