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    Seniors could be rested for Windies ODIs

    Mumbai: A few senior players could be rested when the national selectors meet here on Friday to pick the Indian squad for the first two one-dayers against West Indies.

    According to BCCI sources, the selection committee headed by Krishnamachari Srikkanth is mulling on giving a much needed rest to skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni keeping in mind the gruelling Australia series starting next month.

    It has been learnt that the selectors will obviously seek Dhoni's opinion in this regard. In case Dhoni is rested, Virender Sehwag or Gautam Gambhir could lead the side and Parthiv Patel will don the big gloves for the first two games in Cuttack (November 29) and Visakhapatnam (December 2).

    It will be interesting to see whether Sachin Tendulkar who hasn't played in ODIs since the World Cup final will be named in the squad or be given rest ahead of the tour of Australia. With talk of some of the top batsmen leaving early to acclimatise to conditions in Australia and get used to the pace and bounce of the tracks, the focus will be on the bench strength.

    The likes of Yuvraj Singh, Suresh Raina, Virat Kohli, Rohit Sharma, Ajinkya Rahane are certainties among the batsmen in the shorter format. Bengal skipper Manoj Tiwary who scored 132 and 267 against Gujarat and Madhya Pradesh respectively in Ranji Trophy is also a contender for a slot but will depend on how many seniors are rested.