Make way, young turks. The big boys are here.
That's one way of looking at things in light of the announcement of the India A squads to play West Indies A in a series of limited-overs and four-day matches. The Pujaras and the Dhawans, the Rohits and the Karthiks, the Bhuvneshwars and the Pandeys have had their moments. Now, with a heavy international schedule ahead, the focus is back on men who have been integral to India's successes on the world stage not so long back, but who have been knocked off the perch by younger hopefuls who have grabbed their chances with both hands.
Virender Sehwag and Gautam Gambhir will, from all accounts, be fighting for one spot - the reserve opener's - in the Test squad, particularly when India travel overseas. But inasmuch as Sehwag and Gambhir will be under the microscope, more keenly followed will be the progress of two men whose international careers have been remarkably intertwined, and whose last appearances in a Test came in the same game, against England in Kolkata late last year.