Dhoni bemoans more bad luck
Mahendra Singh Dhoni is starting to believe India's tour of England is cursed after he saw his side's crippling injury list grow further.
India were in the box seat to claim a maiden win over England on tour after Parthiv Patel's 95 helped them post 274 for seven in Saturday's ODI in Durham.
England were then 27 for two in their reply before the forecast rain finally arrived and remained to prevent a result.
It was an unsatisfying end for India whose day was soured further when star man Sachin Tendulkar and Rohit Sharma were added to their long list of injuries.
Already a depleted India, who started without seven of their World Cup winners, have been forced to fly six players home with Sharma almost certain to join them after he suffered a fractured finger after being struck by a Stuart Broad short ball.
The prognosis on Tendulkar's toe injury, which flared up this morning, is less concerning although he will also have it assessed before Tuesday's second match of the series at the Rose Bowl.
It left Dhoni to lament his luck as his side, hoping to turn around their fortunes after their 4-0 Test series whitewash, were left licking their wounds again.
"I thought whatever could go wrong went wrong (in the Test series), but it is always increasing the next game," he said.
"It looks like we will be asking for more replacements because with Rohit it is almost 100% sure that he'll be going back after meeting the specialist.
"It doesn't seem like he will participate in the series.
"With Sachin he is also going to see a specialist to look at his right big toe.
"He practised to full intensity with us last evening and early this morning it flared up.
"I think we will need an extra batsman. We will put our views to the selectors and hopefully we will get that."
Asked if he thought his side were cursed, he added: "If it is down to the one who is sitting on top then I can't worry because we've seen some good days and we'll see some bad days.
"But all sorts of things have happened - still we are fighting with whatever resources we have.
"We are trying to do the best we can with whatever we have got."
England skipper Alastair Cook sought to profit on India's depleted batting line-up when he sent them in this morning under overcast skies.
While conditions looked set to suit England's seam attack, with ill off-spinner Graeme Swann out of the side, the decision did not go to plan as Parthiv led a spirited India batting performance.
Cook's men did not help themselves with some short-pitched bowling on a slow wicket, which Parthiv enjoyed as most of his 12 boundaries were hit behind the wicket.
Virat Kohli (55) and debutant opener Ajinkya Rahane (40) also added vital runs to prove Cook's pre-match assertions that a second-string India team would still be difficult to overcome.
"That's why they're world champions," he said. "They're a formidable side in Test cricket as well and that's why they were the number one side in the world.
"We played better than them in Test cricket and that's why we won but they're full of talented players so you know it's going to be a real battle on the pitch."
Cook and fellow opener Craig Kieswetter both fell to Praveen Kumar before the rain came, but the left-hander felt his side still could have won if the covers had come off.
"Well, you never know what can happen do you?" he said.
"That was a very good wicket, quick outfield, a big oval to play on and 270 was certainly gettable."
Cook was hopeful that England would return to full strength for Tuesday's second match after Swann was forced to remain in the team hotel with a virus that has grounded him for the past two days.
"I hope he'll be all right, it is just a virus, you know how they can knock you for six very quickly," he said. "But he can recover quickly as well so hopefully Swann will be back by Tuesday."