We have seen enough on-field miracles to reckon that no side, or player, should be taken casually. But you can hardly resist being unruffled when your opponent is ranked below Afghanistan (the apparent minnows) in both T20 and ODI formats.

It would seem that the BCCI was inspired by identical ideas while selecting the squad for the tour. Five players out of the playing-eleven have never played international cricket, while others too hardly have any significant experience. The Zimbabwe tour was a reward BCCI gave to these young lads for performing well in domestic tournaments and we would hope that the rookies realize the importance of this reward and make the most of the opportunity.

The Chevrons, on their part, are also treating this series as a reward by BCCI. For totally different reasons, though. To play an international bi-lateral series has become a rare event for Zimbabwe who last played one against Afghanistan, and lost 3-2. Their squad comprises of their best players, who will look to power the side and earn them some honour.

In a battle of best against freshest, it would be interesting to see who is more successful in providing better overall performances and producing the next generation of match winners.


India: MS Dhoni (C & wk), KL Rahul, Faiz Fazal, Manish Pandey, Karun Nair, Ambati Rayudu, Mandeep Singh, Kedar Jadhav, Rishi Dhawan, Axar Patel, Yuzvendra Chahal, Jayant Yadav, Dhawal Kulkarni, Jasprit Bumrah, Barinder Sran, Jaydev Unadkat.

Zimbabwe: Graeme Cremer (C), Richmond Mutumbami, Taurai Muzarabani, Chamunorwa Chibhabha, Peter Joseph Moor, Elton Chigumbura, Vusimuzi Sibanda, Tawanda Mupariwa, Sean Williams, Sikandar Raza Butt, Neville Madziva, Donald Tiripano, Timycen Maruma, Wellington Maskadza, Tendai Chisoro, Hamilton Masakadza, Tendai Chatara, Craig Ervine.

By: Ira Shukla

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