IND vs NZ: India and New Zealand are all set to take on each other in the 2-match Test series that will begin tomorrow. While India will be looking forward to taking revenge for the World Test Championship Final defeat, the Kiwis will be aiming to end their 33-year-old Test drought in the sub-continent. Kanpur will be hosting the first Test Match. Meanwhile, India will be missing a few key players in this game.
It is already known that captain Virat Kohli has been rested for the first Test match. He will be playing in the second Test that will be held in Mumbai. Rohit Sharma and Rishab Pant, who were part of the recent T20I series, are also rested for this game. On the flip side, KL Rahul has been ruled out of the Test series due to an injury. He is replaced by Surya Kumar Yadav.
Most likely, India will open with Mayank Agarwal and Shubman Gill. Chateshwar Pujara will be the one-down batsman. Captain Ajinkya Rahane, Surya Kumar Yadav and Wriddhiman Saha will be in the middle order. Axar Patel and Ravindra Jadeja might be the all-rounder choices. Ravichandran Ashwin, Umesh Yadav and Ishant Sharma might be the frontline pacers.
Overall, it is a decent looking team mixed with experienced players and youngsters. It has to be seen how this team tackles New Zealand in the much-awaited Test.