The former India bowler who played an important role in Mumbai’s win over Haryana at the end of October was rested for the game against Punjab which the 40-time champions won by a whopping 184 runs in Chandigarh.
The team will be led by veteran left-arm pacer Zaheer Khan and will take on a strong Delhi outfit that will include Virender Sehwag and Gautam Gambhir. Second wicket-keeper Sufiyan Shaikh has made way for Kulkarni.
Mumbai beat Haryana in their lung opener at Lahli. Delhi come into the game after reaping a solitary point in their drawn Group A game against Gujarat at Surat.
Squad: Zaheer Khan (C), Abhishek Nayar, Wasim Jaffer, Kaustubh Pawar, Hiken Shah, Aditya Tare (WK), Suryakumar Yadav, Iqbal Abdullah, Sushant Marathe, Vishal Dabholkar, Siddhesh Lad, Javed Khan, Balwinder Singh Sandhu (Jr), Kshemal Waingankar and Dhawal Kulkarni.