Challenger Series - "AirTel" India Seniors

Team: Sourav Ganguly (capt), Sachin Tendulkar, Yuvraj Singh, Mohammad Kaif, Y Venugopal Rao, M S Dhoni, Harbhajan Singh, Murali Kartik, Irfan Pathan, Ajit Agarkar, Zaheer Khan, J P Yadav, Vidyut Shivaramkrishnan. Coach: Greg Chappell

Unlike the previous editions, the seniors side will be playing full-strength (except for Dravid and Viru who are away in Australia). This is a huge series for Sourav Ganguly. His batting would be under scrutiny. His captaincy would be under scrutiny and above all, his rapport with Greg C would be under tremendous scrutiny. Sachin Tendulkar is finally making the much anticipated comeback and that famous million dollar elbow of his would be tested to the hilt.

Venugopal Rao gets one more chance to play with the senior side. It would have suited him better, if he had been picked to play for either India A or India B - his chances of getting to bat a longer innings are better if he bats against the seniors rather than playing for them (I would be happy if the team management proves me wrong). Tamil Nadu all-rounder, Vidyut Shivaramkrishnan is the thirteenth player in the side. Unless there is an injury to someone, it seems pretty certain that he would be confined to warming the bench (or) fielding to protect someone's shaky elbow (or) carrying drinks and gloves. It is a great honour to share the dressing room with someone like Sachin, but am sure Vidyut would love to rather play in the starting XI against the seniors as opposed to being a drinks-boy.

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