Indian captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni won the toss and elected to bat in the opening Test of the four-match series against England at the Sardar Patel Stadium at Motera here today. India left out Harbhajan Singh, Ishant Sharma, Murali Vijay, Ashok Dinda and Ajinkya Rahane. England omitted Steven Finn, Joe Root, Jonny Bairstow, Graham Onions, Eoin Morgan, Monty Panesar and Stuart Meaker, giving opener Nick Compton his first Test cap.