Balanced Side -- Harsha's take

Harsha Bhogle in his latest column for the Indian Express gives his take on what would be the ideal composition of the Indian team for the upcoming Videocon Triseries (24 Aug - 6 Sept) in Zimbabwe.
I believe the following team gives India the best possible chance. Sehwag, Ganguly, Dravid, Yuvraj, Kaif, Dhoni, Yadav, Agarkar, Pathan, Harbhajan and Nehra with Venugopal Rao as the sub to be used only if India field first.
It gives the team the flexibility of playing Dhoni up the order if needed, of using either of Agarkar and Pathan as a pinch hitter if required and, more than anything else, picking five bowlers — each of whom can make his first-class team as a bowler alone.

It is balanced enough, on paper. For this to be a reality, JP Yadav needs to prove his ability with the ball (He has always been a decent bat - it is with the ball that he needs to raise his game at the international level) and show that his performances in the Ranji season were no fluke.

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