It was meant to be a dress rehearsal for the ODI World Cup next month but the Indian cricket team has been left grappling with selection issues in the ongoing tri-series against Australia and England, failing to find the combination that would be good enough for the marquee event.
Ahead of the ICC World Cup 2015, most of the countries who are considered as the major contenders to win the marquee event are gearing up for the much-awaited event by playing One Day tournaments in different parts of the world.
The mainstay of Indian batting line-up - Virat Kohli - sacrificed his one-down position for Ajinkya Rahane during India's opening match of the triangular series against home team Australia at Melbourne Cricket Ground, as the former played at number four.
All set to defend their cricket World Cup crown in less than a month, India will get their preparations underway with the aim of finding the right combination for the marquee event when they take on Australia in their opening match of the ongoing ODI tri-series here on Sunday.
Former India pace spearhead Javagal Srinath has raised doubts about the team's bowling attack ahead of the upcoming ODI cricket World Cup though he has rated the defending champions' batting line-up as the strongest going into the showpiece event.
India's 15-man squad for ICC Cricket World Cup, 2015 has been announced. BCCI opted to select injured Ravindra Jadeja alongside Axar Patel and Stuart Binny and ignored the likes of Robin Uthappa, Yuvraj Singh and Murali Vijay.
New Indian captain Virat Kohli should channelise his aggressive attitude in the right direction, according to Team Director Ravi Shastri, who said Mahendra Singh Dhoni's "selfless act" of retiring from Test cricket format at the right time should also be given its due respect.
If reports are to believed, Ishant Sharma will be newly anointed Test captain Virat Kohli's deputy. Following Mahendra Singh Dhoni's sudden retirement from the five-day format of the game, vice-captain Kolhi was appointed India captain, thus leaving the position vacant.
The sudden decision of Mahendra Singh Dhoni to retire from Test cricket has also given rise to a question as to who will be Virat Kohli's deputy with the names of Ajinkya Rahane and Ravichandran Ashwin emerging as possible candidates.
Despite India losing the Border-Gavaskar Trophy following the draw against Australia in the third Test at the Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG), team director Ravi Shastri has said that the team is young and it they will improve in next 12 months.