By announcing the Indian squad against the Aussies for the about to start ODI series, the BCCI is playing its cards very carefully by selecting the squad for the first 3 ODI games and one-off T20, respectively. But have the selectors done justice by keeping the comeback players guessing as to what if they fail to perform or is it that under pressure one can perform better. Not to forget that some key players are playing in the India A team against the Windies A team and may well be well expecting a call for the remaining 4 ODI’s if someone fails to perform against the Aussies which looks much unlikely as the Aussies are no more invincible as they used to be.
Playing at home will definitely favor the home team with easy and quick replacement accessibility available. The Aussies will be desperately looking to win the series as the upcoming Ashes next month would be the criteria for selection. Michael Clark has taken it easy as he seems to be concentrating more on a backlash for the Englishmen. The same was the case with Ricky Ponting who has skipped the Indian ODI tour in 2010 to concentrate on the 2010-11 Ashes then, which costed him dearly.
Coming back to team India, I personally feel that a 5-2 result in India’s favor should be fine with trying out safe and calculated team compositions for each ODI game. If needed, give two or three games to the likes of Sehwag, Gambhir or Zaheer before writing them off. But that again depends wholly on how India performs in the first 3 ODI’s.