It is not an ideal situation when a player, who reportedly sent provocative texts about his teammates to the opposition, returns to the fold for an important series. But, when the player is the maverick Kevin Pietersen, it can only boost England's chances.
Pietersen, who was with the Delhi Daredevils in South Africa for the Champions League, arrived in Mumbai an hour before the rest of the England team.
And the flamboyant right-handed batsman had a 'reunion' with his team for the first time since being shown the door in August during the South Africa Tests.
"KP is coming into the side after a few problems. We have had many talks over the phone and today we had a longish chat," said England coach, Andy Flower.
"I don't envisage a problem and I think we can work very well in the future, and we have already started that process. We have had some great success and great times over the last few years and I don't see a problem in the future."
England captain, Alastair Cook, hopes that Pietersen's inclusion will help the team deal with spinners in a better way.
"KP is desperate to play and we are desperate to have him in the team," said Cook.
"He has played a lot of his cricket in the sub-continent. That experience will be invaluable to us and help us get used to the conditions as quick as possible."