IND vs NZ | First Test against New Zealand; India to experiment in batting line-up

Kanpur, First Published Nov 23, 2021, 11:24 AM IST

Kanpur: The India-New Zealand Test Series (India vs New Zealand Test Series 2021) kicks off in Kanpur on Thursday (Green Park, Kanpur). In the batting line-up, India’s (Team India’s) experiment will be noteworthy. There are reports that Suryakumar Yadav may be included in the team. But there has been no official announcement.

Team India is confident of sweeping the T20 series. Captain Virat Kohli, Rohit Sharma, Mohammad Shami, Jaspreet Bumra and Rishabh are all out of the squad for the five – day Test off the red ball from children’s cricket. Kohli will be replaced by Ajinkya Rahane. Team India plans to shift opener Shubhman Gill to the middle order. In that case, Mayank Agarwal will open with KL Rahul.

In the absence of Kohli, Gill will be brought down to strengthen the midfield. With Cheteshwar Pujara and Ajinkya Rahane securing the position, Hanuma Vihari will also lose space. Despite being in the team, Shreyas Iyer will have to wait for his debut. Wriddhiman Saha will replace Rishabh as the wicket-keeper. Ravindra Jadeja, R Ashwin, Akshar Patel, Jayant Yadav, Ishant Sharma, Umesh Yadav, Mohammad Siraj and Prasidh Krishna are the other bowlers in the squad.

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Virat Kohli will return for the second Test in Mumbai. This will be India’s first Test series under new coach Rahul Dravid. Team India also has to make up for their defeat to New Zealand in the World Test Championship final.

Team India swept the T20 series 3-0 against New Zealand. Kolkata won the third T20 by 73 runs. Earlier, Rohit and his team had won by five wickets in Jaipur and seven wickets in Ranchi. The captain of the series was Indian captain Rohit Sharma, who scored two half-centuries.

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Last Updated Nov 23, 2021, 11:28 AM IST

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