New Delhi: Laid low by a spate of injuries, India suffered a big jolt with Sachin Tendulkar ruled out of the series as the demoralised visitors are forced to go into the second cricket one-dayer against England on Tuesday with severely limited batting resources. Good opportunity for youngsters: Parthiv (Agencies)
Tendulkar was carrying a toe injury for quite a while but the problem aggravated just before the opening match of the five-match series at Chester-le-Street on Saturday.
The 38-year-old Tendulkar missed the opening match of the ODI series and has now been ruled out for four weeks, leaving a struggling India without their most accomplished batsman.
Such is India's injury plight that they may have to go in with five specialist bowlers since there are no batting options available.
Injured batsman Rohit Sharma's replacement Manoj Tiwary is yet to join the squad while Ravindra Jadeja, who was included in the team as a replacement for Gautam Gambhir, is expected to arrive tomorrow and may not be in a position to play.
India will now have to play out of their skin to be able to put it across England in the series.
The world champions were in a good position to win the first one-day international on Saturday before rain played spoilsport but there was enough from the game for India to get interested in its bench strength.
On the positive side, openers Parthiv Patel and Ajinkya Rahane caught the eye immediately and made England's pace battery wait for the first breakthrough longer than they have throughout the summer. Vinay Kumar, in the little he bowled, also showed good control.
But despite the latest injury blow which has ruled Tendulkar out, England think the visitors still pose a threat to them in the ODI series.
"Whether, it's a young side or experienced, one thing we know about Indian cricketers is that they have a lot of ability and lot of talent and it should be a good game regardless of their injuries," England batsman Ian Bell said.
"If the entire team is fit, it's very hard to break into a fit (Indian) team, so I guess guys would be desperate to take wickets and desperate to score runs," said Bell.
The Indians, on the other hand, feel that the current ODI series was an ideal opportunity for the youngsters to step up and make best use of the opportunities.
"It's a good opportunity for youngsters to prove themselves. If they do, it would be good for themselves as well as the team," Parthiv Patel, who scored a fluent 95 in the first one-dayer, said.
"I had the advantage of watching England's bowling in Tests. They had a plan to bowl short to our batsmen. In the 7-8 days I was in National Cricket Academy (NCA), I prepared myself against short-pitched bowling. I knew if I opened, they would come hard at me," he said.
In the present scenario, one can't be too critical of Mahendra Singh Dhoni's men as most of their top stars are on the injured list
India presently has a dreadful record with injuries as only four of their World Cup winning squad are left standing on their feet -- Virat Kohli, Suresh Raina, Mahendra Singh Dhoni and Munaf Patel.
It is thus unreasonable to expect them to strike the winning chord and the tag of being world champions isn't much of a help.
The key for India will be to bat in the same spirited manner as they did at Chester-Le-Street even though batting in cold conditions, especially if it's under floodlights, could be a difficult task against the England bowlers.
India clearly have a good pacer in Praveen Kumar in their corner. The right-arm swing bowler is proving a difficult customer for England openers.
Both Alastair Cook and Craig Kieswetter have reasons to fret about him, more so since opening slots have been unsettling for England in recent times.
The hosts have tried as many as 19 pairs in the last 96 one-day internationals but are still anxious on them. The ideal condition for India would be to bat first in this game.
If they can post a good total, their bowlers could be a handful under lights against England batters, more so since the pitch at Rose Bowl would not be as benign as the one in the first game was.
England would be buoyed by the return of Graeme Swann. The off-spinner, the best bowler in one-day internationals in the world, is said to have recovered from his stomach bug.
Left-arm spinner Samit Patel ought to make way for the senior spinner.
England are also keen to have a look at Ben Stokes at the international level. The young Durham cricketer is said to be a fierce striker of a cricket ball.
He is also a useful fast bowler but a finger injury would prevent him from bowling in the near future.
England: Alastair Cook (capt), James Anderson, Ian Bell, Ravi Bopara, Tim Bresnan, Stuart Broad, Jade Dernbach, Steven Finn, Craig Kieswetter, Eoin Morgan, Samit Patel, Ben Stokes, Graeme Swann, Jonathan Trott.
India: Mahendra Singh Dhoni (capt), Ajinkya Rahane, Rahul Dravid, Virat Kohli, Manoj Tiwary, Suresh Raina, Praveen Kumar, Munaf Patel, RP Singh, Vinay Kumar, R Ashwin, Amit Mishra, Parthiv Patel, Ravindra Jadeja, Varun Aaron.
The match will start at 6.30 p.m (IST).
New Delhi: Laid low by a spate of injuries, India suffered a big jolt with Sachin Tendulkar ruled out of the series as the demoralised visitors are forced to go into the second cricket one-dayer against England on Tuesday with severely limited batting resources.
Good opportunity for youngsters: Parthiv