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    In Pics: Chance For India’s Bench Strength to Perform

    • Ambati Rayudu is an experienced hand of 31 ODIs and three T20Is. He impressed with scores of 41 and 124* in his last stint for India against Zimbabwe last year. But in the last two T20Is he played for India in October against South Africa, Rayudu failed to open his account. He was consistent in the IPL and can be a force to reckon with in the middle-order at Zimbabwe tour. (Getty Images)

    • Axar Patel, a slow left-arm orthodox, last played for India against South Africa during a home series last year. He scored 37 runs in four matches and took five wickets. He last played T20I against Proteas only where he scored nine runs and took a wicket in two matches. He, however, was one of the most consistent performers in the IPL for Kings XI and can prove effective if given a chance in Zimbabwe. (Getty Images)

    • Barinder Sran announced his arrival by taking three wickets in his debut ODI against Australia last year. He couldn't take a wicket in his next two matches. He was an effective bowler for eventual champions Sunrisers Hyderabad during the IPL and can wreak havoc from his swinging deliveries against Zimbabwe also. (Getty Images)

    • Manish Pandey’s maiden ton in his last ODI for India helped the team beat Australia in the fifth ODI of the series last year. He didn't bat in his last T20I in Mumbai against the West Indies and scored just 19 runs in two T20I against Zimbabwe last year. His form was inconsistent in the IPL and he need to focus on consistency in Zimbabwe. (Getty Images)

    • Mumbai medium pacer Dhawal Kulkarni has experience of eight ODIs. He last played for India in July against hosts Zimbabwe where he took four wickets. He earned praise for his consistent bowling for IPL debutants Gujarat Lions and took 11 wickets in his last 7 matches. If he gets a chance during the Zimbabwe tour, he has the ability to rattle their top-order. (Getty Images)

    • Left-arm pacer Jaydev Unadkat last played for India in an ODI in November 2013 against the West Indies where he returned wicketless. He played just one match at IPL, but his six wickets for the Rest of India played pivotal role in taking the team to the Irani Cup title. His wicket-taking power had a major role in Saurashtra’s dream run to the Ranji Trophy final this season. A consistent performer in him can recreate same magic in Zimbabwe. (Getty Images)

    • Kedar Jadhav, 31, right-handed bat, grabbed headlines for hitting a century in his last match for India in July against Zimbabwe. It was his maiden ton in the fourth and last ODI. In two T20Is on the same tour, he scored just 14 runs. In IPL, he didn’t get many chances to bat in a star-studded RCB but his innings of 58* and 91* for India ‘A’ against Gujarat took the team to the Deodhar Trophy final. He can be a good option as a wicketkeeper-cum-middle order batsman for India in Zimbabwe. (Getty Images)

    • Rishi Dhawan is a quality allrounder from Himachal Pradesh but his last and only stint with Team India was a modest one. He made his debut against hosts Australia during the ODI series last year but managed just 12 runs in two innings of three matches and took just one wicket at a poor average of 160. He played only two matches in the IPL and he isn’t in a good form. (Getty Images)