New Delhi: Any guesses what these numbers stand for - “44,044 and 25,620.” These are the total number of runs which Indian cricket team will be missing in ODIs’ and Test matches respectively on their tour to West Indies.

India is touring Caribbean Island, under the captaincy of Suresh Raina, the new coach Duncan Fletcher and with a bunch of talented young players. But the question arises, would they be able to guard the tag of 'World Champions' proudly and successfully till the time team seniors are back in the side?

The West Indies side may not be the strongest side in world cricket but it definitely is one of the most unpredictable teams. The five ODI match series between the two nations begins on June 6.

When India last played an ODI series in the West Indies was way back in 2006, they lost 1-4. The two teams subsequently met in the ICC World Cup 2011 match earlier this year, where India registered a convincing win by 80 runs in Chennai.

In the ODIs, India will be without the regular captain MS Dhoni, Sachin Tendulkar, and Zaheer Khan, who have been rested. Both Gautam Gambhir and Virender Sehwag are suffering from shoulder injuries, whereas Yuvraj Singh has a respiratory infection, and as a result they three batsmen were ruled out of the entire tour.

Sachin Tendulkar, who has the luxury of choosing the tour he wants to play in, wishes to spend time with his family. This will be the first instance of Tendulkar missing an entire Test series since he sat out of India's previous tour of the Caribbean in 2006.

Dhoni and Zaheer who are not in the ODI side, are set to return for the Tests, but the other seniors will miss the entire tour. With most senior players out of the side, a number of uncapped players and those trying to make a comeback got a nod from the national selectors.

Suresh Raina got a second chance at ODI captaincy after Gambhir got injured in the IPL. Gambhir earlier got the chance to lead India in the absence of regular skipper MS Dhoni.

Manoj Tiwary and Shikhar Dhawan got a chance to add to their one ODI cap each. S Badrinath made a Test comeback. This tour will see some good batting performances from the uncapped players in the Test squad like Virat Kohli and Abhinav Mukund.

Mukund, a 21-year-old left-hand batsman, is almost certain to open with his Tamil Nadu team-mate Murali Vijay, who has become BCCI’s first choice in the absence of either Gambhir or Sehwag.  Mukund on the other hand has impressive first-class numbers to back him: an average close to 60 in over 40 matches and 13 centuries, including a triple-ton.

Indian middle order for ODIs looks strong with Kohli, Raina, Yusuf Pathan, Rohit Sharma and Badrinath as they all are capable performers and good hitters of the ball. But all the eyes will be set on Rohit Sharma, he is an extremely talented batsman but highly inconsistent.

In the bowling department Munaf Patel will be leading the pace attack in the ODIs along with Praveen Kumar and Ishant Sharma.

In spin department Harbhajan, who is seven victims short of the 400-wicket club, will be supported by either of Amit Mishra or Ashwin.

The hosts, West Indies, are also without the services of batsmen Shivnarine Chanderpaul and Chris Gayle. In the bowling department, captain Sammy will lead the way for WI side.

Having picked up four wickets in the T-20 match, he has already given a cause to worry for the inexperienced Indian batting order. Bravo and Pollard are two experienced campaigners for WI, whereas a lot will rest on the bowling performance of uncapped left-arm pacer Krishmar Santokie, Christopher Barnwell, Ashley Nurse and Danza Hyatt.

In the past few months, leg-spinner Devendra Bishoo has gone some outstanding. Cricket experts have already termed him a prodigy of WI cricket, and his slow leg-breaks on conducive pitches will be a major bonus for the host nation. Alike Sammy, Bishoo too performed well in the T-20 match against India.

Though Ravi Rampaul is in prime form, neither Andre Russel nor Krishmar Santokie have been impressive. Windies are definitely missing trio of Fidel Edwards, Jerome Taylor and Khemar Roach who were very effective against all the opponents.

In the Test squad Zaheer Khan, Sreesanth, Ishant Sharma and Harbhajan Singh are likely the first choice attack against the Caribbean side.

With Dhoni being rested for the ODI series, Parthiv Patel will keep wickets for India. He has represented the national side in 18 ODIs and 20 Tests. In case, Mukund or Vijay fail to deliver in test matches, Patel may also be used to open the batting for India.

Test squad: MS Dhoni (Capt), VVS Laxman (vc), M Vijay, Abhinav Mukund, Rahul Dravid, Virat Kohli, S Badrinath, Harbhajan Singh, Ishant Sharma, Sreesanth, Amit Mishra, Pragyan Ojha, Zaheer Khan, Munaf Patel, Suresh Raina, Parthiv Patel.

ODI squad: Suresh Raina (Capt), R Ashwin, S Badrinath, Harbhajan Singh (vc), Virat Kohli, Praveen Kumar, Amit Mishra, Munaf Patel, Parthiv Patel (wk), Yusuf Pathan, Wriddhiman Saha (wk), Ishant Sharma, Rohit Sharma, Vinay Kumar, Manoj Tiwary, Shikhar Dhawan.

JPN/Tarun Sharda