Indian cricket team's bench strength will be tested when the Manoj Tiwary-led India A take on West Indies in first of the two warm-up one dayers, which will mark the beginning of Caribbean team's one and half month long tour.
Recovering from a shoulder injury, Indian batsman Rohit Sharma, who missed leading the Mumbai Indians franchise in the Oppo Champions League T20, is set to miss the limited-overs edition of the West Indies series starting October 8.
Riding stupendous batting form that helped him earn the player of the series award against England, Indian batsman Suresh Raina on Sunday jumped eight places to enter the top-20 ICC ODI batting rankings on 19th position.
The fifth and final match of the ODI series between India and England is scheduled to take place on Friday at Headingley, Leeds. The tourists have already clinched the series by wining three consecutive matches, after the opening match was washed out due to rain, without a ball being bowled.
Indian batsman Ajinkya Rahane joined the bandwagon of Indian players, who have attributed Team Director Ravi Shastri for bringing about a turnaround in team's fortunes with his technical inputs in the ongoing ODI series after their dismal show in the Test matches.
When class meets application, results seldom disappoint! On Tuesday, Ajinkya Rahane once again showed the cricketing world his class, applying his skills to help India register yet another big ODI win in England.
Ajinkya Rahane smashed his maiden ODI century as India clinched their first 50-over series win on English soil in 24 years after thrashing the hosts by nine wickets in the fourth one-dayer to take an invincible 3-0 lead in the five-match series, here on Tuesday.
Ajinkya Rahane on Sunday said that the new players who have joined the ODI squad, have brought in fresh energy and helped in turning around India's fortunes in the ongoing one-day series against England.
Ambati Rayudu slammed an unbeaten 64 as India relied on an all-round display to thrash England by six wickets in the third cricket one-dayer and take an unassailable 2-0 lead in the five-match series here Saturday.
Holding their last practice session before being forced to go on a break by the BCCI, India`s bowling coach Joe Dawes and fielding consultant Trevor Penney made the players `sweat` before the one-off practice game ahead of the five-match ODI series starting August 25.
The fifth and final Test of the series between India and England is scheduled to start on August 15, at The Oval. But before it starts, the major challenge in front of Indian skipper, MS Dhoni, would be to select the playing XI.
With lingering disappointment of an unfavourable verdict in the James Anderson fracas, India go into the fourth cricket Test against England here Thursday facing a selection dilemma on whether to leave out a couple of out-of-form players or give them one last opportunity.