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The final countdown has begun. India's overtly controversial tour of Australia is drawing to an end as the two fiercely competitive teams face off for the last remnants of cricketing glory Down Under.

Harbhajan Singh and Ishant Sharma have come in the Australian’s line of sledging fire. For MS Dhoni and his boys, it is pay back time.

So, who will lead the final charge for India? Who will go down to battle? Here is a look.

The planet's greatest batsman, Sachin Tendulkar, may have come back to form with a blistering 63 against Sri Lanka in the last league game against Sri Lanka but will that be enough to assure Dhoni of a similar resurgence against Australia? He has got starts but stuttered once too many. Maybe, it is the lull before the storm. Remember Sharjah, 1998? Shane Warne, the greatest leg spinner of all times, could not get a wink of sleep after the mauling he got from Tendulkar.

Virender Sehwag, like Tendulkar has not had a very good series and the fact that he has been in and out of the team despite a couple of brilliant knocks in the Test series has not helped. He is a must have in the any ODI XI. Once he gets going and bludgeons a quick fire 40 or so, India will be in business.

Gautam Gambhir has been the highest run getter in the CB Series and the only Indian batsman besides Dhoni, who has looked to take the attack to the opposition. With two centuries, the last of which came against Australia in Sydney, the venue of the first final on Sunday, the left handed batsman is all set to carry his form into the finals. He will look to attack, drop anchor and build the Indian innings around himself.

Rohit Sharma may have occupied the number four position in the batting order but barring a couple of quick knocks has not done much justice to a position Gundappa Vishwanath made his own. Barring a solitary half century against Sri Lanka, Sharma has not exactly set Australia on fire. He will need to come good and shoulder at least one partnership. Dry of runs throughout the series, it is not the best idea to look to get into the groove against Australia and that too, in the finals.

Yuvraj Singh in the two substantial innings tried to blast his way into form and played way too many shorts for a batsman looking to get some form back. Both those knocks came against Sri Lanka. An aggressive 76 and an overtly adventurous 36 in the last league game may have made him look very good but he needs to remember that he is the most experienced campaigner in a young middle order. An all out aggression may not be the best bet against the Aussies.

Dhoni has not only kept brilliantly but led astutely and used his willows like an artisan, very unlike himself. For India to launch any kind of assault, this needs to blaze.

Robin Uthappa has had a charmed life in Australia. He has played all the eight matches without really having to contribute. Either he was sent low down the order, infact you could almost lose him in the tail end or he did not bother to stay at the crease for too long in the middle. However, he finally did recall why he was in the team. He scored a fifty at a crucial stage in the Sydney ODI to almost take India through.

The bowling looks good with Ishant Sharma's pace and Irfan Pathan's swing tormenting the Australian top order. Adding to their woes will be Praveen Kumar whose deadly out swingers swung the pendulum India's way in the match against Sri Lanka.

Harbhajan Singh has not covered himself in glory but has looked threatening enough. Given the kind of character Harbhajan is, he will certainly want to leave Australia with one final and fatal blow before he leaves Oz shores after all the humiliation he has been subjected to.
 
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