It’s going to be a new sort of challenge for Mahendra Singh Dhoni, who will lead a 2nd string team in the entire tour of Zimbabwe, comprising three ODIs and equal number of T20Is.
On the other hand, for hosts Zimbabwe, it’s a great opportunity to upset the visitors, who have traveled to the African nation without their match-winners.
Zimbabwe’s interim skipper Graeme Cremer will also look to prove a point by leading the side from the front, which might help him become the permanent captain of the national team.
Senior batsmen in Zimbabwe squad – Hamilton Masakadza, Sean Williams, Craig Ervine , Elton Chigumbura and Sikandar Raza – might pose a threat to less experienced Indian bowling attack.
As far as visitors are concerned, it’s a wonderful chance for the young brigade to prove their mettle, while playing at the highest level.
India: KL Rahul, Faiz Fazal, Karun Nair, Manish Pandey, Ambati Rayudu, MS Dhoni, 7 Axar Patel, 8 Dhawal Kulkarni, 9 Yuzvendra Chahal, 10 Jasprit Bumrah, 11 Barinder Sran
Zimbabwe: Chamu Chibhabha, Hamilton Masakadza, Richmond Mutumbami, 4 Sean Williams, 5 Craig Ervine, 6 Sikandar Raza, 7 Elton Chigumbura, 8 Graeme Cremer, 9 Neville Madziva, 10 Wellington Masakadza/ Donald Tiripano, 11 Tendai Chatara