Never underestimate the Selectorial ability to spring a surprise. Try to spot them in the squad:
Gautam Gambhir (capt), M Vijay, Virat Kohli, Yuvraj Singh, Suresh Raina, Saurabh Tiwary, Wriddhiman Saha (wk), R Ashwin, Praveen Kumar, R Vinay Kumar, Munaf Patel, Sreesanth, Yusuf Pathan, Ravindra Jadeja.
Here's stuff I didn't expect:
1) Gambhir being made stand-in captain. Doesn't he have enough on his plate, bad form, injuries and all?
2) Saha completely replacing Karthik as back-up keeper, He's in the Test squad too.
3) Yusuf getting another go at taking the all-rounder spot from Jadeja.
4) My breakfast becoming cold.
Saha isn't too great a batsman, so him sticking around would be a surprise to me.
As for the Tests in the South Africa, here's that squad:
MS Dhoni (capt), Virender Sehwag, Gautam Gambhir, Rahul Dravid, VVS Laxman, Sachin Tendulkar, Harbhajan Singh, Suresh Raina, Zaheer Khan, Ishant Sharma, Sreesanth, M Vijay, Cheteshwar Pujara, Wriddhiman Saha, Umesh Yadav, Jaidev Unadkat, Pragyan Ojha.
Full-strength team, full-strength back-up players. It's clear that we're playing three quicks in South Africa, because Mishra wasn't picked, so Ojha is the back-up spinner. Umesh Yadav gets a call-up and Unadkat retains his place. Given their lack of experience, I shudder to think what'll happen if there's an injury to our first-choice bowlers. Then I un-shudder, it doesn't bother me that greatly.
Should be awesome. The top 8 Test teams are all in action, leaving Bangladesh to play with themselves. Wooden golf clubs and all.