Decreasing number of matches Indian cricket team participates in isn't an option BCCI is willing to try, so the only way they can keep money spinning bunch of boys in the field throughout the year is by building a bigger pool to chose from..
Low profile tours like Zimbabwe are a blessing in disguise for Indian board to try out bench strength, so here's Suresh Raina, on his first assignment as captain of India. IPL followed by T20 World cup has kept most senior Indian cricketers on field or flight for last 3 months and hence MS Dhoni, Yuvraj Singh, Harbhajan Singh, Gautam Gambhir have been rested while Sachin Tendulkar has also opted out of African safari and so did Virendra Sehwag who's still injured. Ashish Nehra gets a break to work on his fitness, and so does Zaheer Khan.
Suresh Raina, who has been vice captain of Uttar Pradesh (Ranji team) and lead India A as well as Chennai Super Kings franchise in IPL, too needs a break but will push on for big profile opportunity.
So who are the youngsters to watch out for? Murali vijay ~ the right handed opener and Virat Kohli ~ the new vice captain, have been around most of last year but Naman Ojha is the new face. Ojha is a wicket keeper cum right handed batsman for Rajasthan Royals and was among highest scorers in IPL 2010. Ojha is a strong wrist batsman who generally plays as an opener. Robin Uthappa and Subramaniam Badrinath are usual suspects missing from the 15 member squad selectors have opted for, probably wanting to try new faces rather than throw comeback chances.
Umesh Yadav is second unknown identify in the squad although he was sent for later stages of World T20 recently without an exposure. Umesh is a rookie fast bowler, right handed with quick arm action, and touches 140kmph speed regularly. Yadav also bowls good yorkers, impressed for Delhi Daredevils and is seen as new fast bowling hopes in the country. Pankaj Singh is a surprize pick, ahead of S Sreesanth, Irfan Pathan, RP Singh and Ishant Sharma. Pankaj was on tour to Australia in 2008 but didn't play no games and has been in exile since then.
Ashok Dinda is second new pace face in the squad. Coming from Bengal, Dinda is a rare hussler pacer in Indian cricket who bowls at moderate pace of around 135-140kmph but his attitute is always to blow batsman's head off!
R Ashwin is another rookie earning his maiden international call, in absense of Harbhajan Singh. An offspinner with lanky figure, Ashwin doesn't need to flight the ball too much to get spin but his main weapon is bowling an ultra accurate line and prompt batters into false shots. Ashwin will be fighting for a place with Pragyan Ojha, the left arm orthodox spinner who's been around Indian national team for last couple of years now.
In an overview, it looks like Indian selectors have picked bowlers more than batters!