Should Ajinkya Rahane open for India in T20s? Play selector

India will be looking to get back to winning ways when they take on England in the two-match Twenty20 series, starting in Pune on Thursday.

England outclassed the hosts in the four-match Test series, winning it 2-1, for their first Test series triumph in India since 1984-85. The tourists will be looking to assert their superiority in the shorter format too.

India have a completely different squad for the T20s, and captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni will be itching to start off the series on a right note.

It will be interesting to see if India experiment with new players in Ambati Rayudu, Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Parvinder Awana, all in the fray to make their international debut.

Ajinkya Rahane did not get a chance in the Tests despite being in the squad throughout and will be hoping to finally get a knock in the middle.

Do you think he should open with Gautam Gambhir? Should India play three fast bowlers?

Here is your chance to select the team for the first Twenty20 match.

Play selector! Select your Indian team.

Select your team:

Mahendra Singh Dhoni (captain)
Gautam Gambhir
Virat Kohli
Suresh Raina
Yuvraj Singh
Ajinkya Rahane
Rohit Sharma
Ambati Rayudu
Ravindra Jadeja
Ravichandran Ashwin
Piyush Chawla
Ashok Dinda
Abhimanyu Mithun
Bhuvneshwar Kumar
Parvinder Awana