Shikhar Dhawan’s thumb injury precludes his involvement with KL Rahul moving to opener and Vijay Shankar coming into the XI for a highly-anticipated encounter in which there were almost 800,000 applications for tickets.
Pakistan have backed their spinners, with Shadab Khan and Imad Wasim replacing Shaheen Shah Afridi and Asif Ali.
There was a fevered atmosphere both inside and outside the ground ahead of a meeting in which rain is expected to play a part as the day progresses.
India have won all six World Cup meetings between the teams.
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South Africa captain Faf du Plessis was “very relieved” after his side registered their first win at the Cricket World Cup, beating Afghanistan by nine wickets in Cardiff on Saturday.
Having failed to win any of their first four matches, the Proteas dismissed a winless Afghanistan for 125 after two rain delays cut the match to 48 overs.
Imran Tahir struck twice in his first over and took 4-29 as Afghanistan lost five for eight in 29 balls. Quinton de Kock made 68 as South Africa reached their revised target of 127 with 19.5 overs to spare.
“Very relieved. Feel a little bit lighter,” admitted Du Plessis.
“But I think in all our cricket today it was much better and much more competitive. We spoke a lot about energy in the field and stuff and I think you can really, really see a big difference today in the team.”
Pakistan coach Mickey Arthur insists his players will be “remembered forever” if they beat fierce rivals India at ICC Cricket World Cup on Sunday.
The two nations meet at Old Trafford in what is arguably the most anticipated clash of the tournament.
“It’s the – well, I don’t want to say it’s the biggest rivalry in sport, but I saw some stats, you know, which said I think the soccer World Cup final attracted 1.6 billion viewers. Tomorrow likely to get 1.5 billion,” said Australian Arthur.
“It doesn’t get bigger than that. It doesn’t get more exciting. I’m telling our players in the dressing room, you could be a hero tomorrow. Your careers are going to be defined by a moment in the game. You do something incredible tomorrow, you’ll be remembered forever.”