A big score is expected from young Rishabh Pant, who has got the ability to go all guns blazing.
With Dhoni playing only seven T20 internationals this year and India's next ODI assignment only in January against Australia, the former captain won't be getting any domestic matches with both Vijay Hazare and Deodhar Trophy tournaments already over. He is all geared up for this game which could be a series victor.
Mahendra Singh Dhoni has been dropped from India's Twenty20 teams for the home series against West Indies and the tour of Australia, it was announced after selectors revealed the squads Friday. "He is coming back from an injury which is why we asked him to play in the Duleep Trophy", Prasad said.
Another significant comeback in the Test side is Parthiv Patel as the second wicket-keeper alongside Pant.
Wicketkeeper-batsman Shai Hope with his hundred in Visakhapatnam has proved that there is more to his game than the attractive 30's.
The talismanic batsman, having scored a hundred in the first two ODIs against West Indies, notched up his third straight century on the bounce during the third ODI of the five-match series in Pune.
The selection panel also named a 15-member India A team for first four-day game against New Zealand A.
It will also be interesting to see whether skipper Virat Kohli and the team management would still want to pursue with Umesh Yadav, especially after the pacer successively failed to convert his success in Tests to limited overs cricket.
Murali Vijay, Rohit Sharma and Parthiv Patel will their return while Mayank Agarwal and Mohammed Siraj, both of whom earned their maiden Test call-ups during the Windies series, have been left out.