infection that laid him low in the first Test, would be his likely new ball support if Yadav is ruled out, leaving the latter's cover Ashok Dinda in the reserves.
India are also likely to retain R Ashwin, though he gave away over 100 runs while getting tail-end batsman Graeme Swann in England second innings to add to his three-wicket haul in the first, and keep his off-spin rival Harbhajan Singh again in the reserves.
The Indian batting clicked in telling fashion with Sehwag rattling the England attack with a run-a-ball 117, his first in more than two years. Cheteshwar Pujara would also look to continue from where he left in Ahmedabad where he hit an unbeaten 206 in a team score of 521 for 8 declared.
Senior batsman Sachin Tendulkar, who was honoured last evening by the Cricket Board for his incredible achievement of scoring a 100 international hundreds, strangely has hit only one Test ton at his home ground -- 148 as captain against Sri Lanka in 1997.
The 39-year-old cricketer, who is in the twilight of his glorious career, would be eager to score his second century here as this could well be his final chance to achieve the feat before he retires.
He had missed out on the chance to score his landmark 100th ton by six runs in front of his adoring home city fans during the thrilling last-ball draw against the West Indies last November.
The Wankhede track appeared to have an even coat of grass two days before the match but is expected to sport a different hue on the morning of the game.
Skiipper Dhoni had given a clarion call for a turning track from day one after his spinners Ojha and Ashwin bowled 55 and 43 overs on the low and slow Motera track as England made over 400 runs in the second innings.
There is significant amount of dewfall in the morning here which should help the pace bowlers in the first session of match days with the track sweating under the covers.
The middle session is generally the best for batting at this venue, at least on the first two days, as later the sea breeze that sets in during the last session aids swing bowling.
Barring Sharma coming for the injured Yadav, it appears that the winning eleven in the first Test would be retained by the hosts.
Meanwhile, the visitors would be handicapped by the absence of