India's preparation for their Test series against South Africa has been far from ideal. A limp performance in the ODI series resulted in a morale-bruising 2-0 loss while inclement weather washed out their only red-ball practice game.
And with South Africa's fearsome pace attack raring to get stuck in, MS Dhoni team can't afford to get their selection wrong for the forthcoming first Test.
But there are plenty of questions to answer: Will Zaheer Khan return? How many spinners do they need? And most prominently, who will replace Sachin Tendulkar in the heart of the middle order?
With the main event growing ever closer, let's predict the side that will be on the field when the first Test gets underway at Jo'burg on Wednesday.