Colombo: Little would Mahendra Singh Dhoni have realised that a simple request on the eve of the England match would leave him with a selection headache of massive proportions, however happy he might claim to be with the problem of plenty.
With qualification to the Super Eights assured following their win over Afghanistan, India sought to utilise the opportunity of a relatively low-pressure match to give the bench a go in their final Group A encounter. Consequently, Dhoni asked Virender Sehwag, Zaheer Khan and R Ashwin if they terribly minded sitting out the England match. All three acceded to the captain's request.
In normal course, that should have been that. With the Super Eights beginning, they should automatically have walked into the playing XI. However, it's no longer as simple as that.