Kanpur: (www.kvartha.com 24.11.2021) The India-New Zealand Test series starts on Thursday. The first match will be played at 9.30 am in Kanpur. India will be without key players in the series. India’s goal is to avenge their defeat in the World Test Championship final.
Ajinkya Rahane will replace Virat Kohli, who was initially rested for the match, to lead the Indian team. This is the first Test series in which Rahul Dravid will replace Ravi Shastri as coach. There are two matches in the series. The second match will be played on December 3 at the Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai.
The team has only three batsmen who have played more than 10 Tests when they landed in Kanpur without the likes of Virat Kohli. Mayank Agarwal is trying to make a comeback after Pujara and Rahane were ruled out of Australia due to poor form.
Injury to opener KL Rahul was a setback for India. With this, Shubhman Gill is likely to be dropped as the opener. Rohit Sharma, Jaspreet Bhumira, Mohammad Shami and Rishabh Pant have been rested from the series.
With Rahul out, Shreyas Iyer is all set to play. Rahane confirmed at a news conference that Iyer would make his debut. With Suryakumar Yadav being included in the squad to replace Rahul last day, there is a lot of speculation as to whether the player will make his debut. Wriddhiman Saha will be responsible for the situation as wicketkeeper Rishabh rested the ball. It is learned that the pitch in Kanpur will be favorable for the spinners. In this scenario, Ravichandran Ashwin, Ravindra Jadeja and Akshar Patel are more likely to play.
New Zealand, meanwhile, are the reigning world Test champions but have not won a Test in India since 1988. Kane Williamson, who was rested for the Twenty20 series, will play in the Test series. It is unclear who will start the innings with Tom Latham.
India and the Kiwis have met in 61 Tests so far. India won 21 of them. New Zealand also won 13 Tests. Team India need an official victory over New Zealand to go to South Africa with confidence.
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