There are obvious changes in Playing XI due to the lack of some important players.
After dominating the three-game T20I series agenda, India is ready to face New Zealand in a two-game test series. The first test will take place on Thursday, November 25th at Green Park in Kanpur. The two teams finally locked the horn in the longest form in the first final of the World Test Championship, where Kiwi was crowned champion.
Virat Kohli will not be available in the first test and will return to setup in the second and final test in Mumbai. In his absence Ajin Chara Hane Responsible for leading the team. Opener KL Rahul, who recently showed talent in the test series against England, was excluded due to injury.
Like Jasprit Bumrah, Rohit Sharma and Rishabh Pant, India will miss some of the major players. However, the team’s home record is an exception, and the team aims to reflect the same. There are obvious changes in Playing XI due to the lack of some important players.
Here’s what India predicted to play XI in the first IND vs. NZ test:
Opener-Mayank Agarwal, Shubman Gill
There was a lot of debate about the opening pair of the New Zealand test in India. However, with the exclusion of KL Rahul from the series, the equation became very clear. Mayank Agarwal and Shubman Gil will be the opening guards for the team, aiming to lay a strong foundation for the team.
Agarwal has had some good success at home with red ball games. He all makes the most of the two test matches and prepares to solidify his side position. Meanwhile, Gil has been out in the longest format since his debut. Stylish batters aim to make a bigger impact on the sides.
Middle Order-Shreyas Iyer, Cheteshwar Pujara, Ajinkya Rahane, Wriddhiman Saha
The middle of India has enough depth and belief. As Ajinka Rahane confirmed before the match, Shreyas Iyer Ready to make his test debut. His abilities are tested in the middle, where the team has recently faced considerable hardship.
Cheteshwar Pujara doesn’t seem to be at its best these days, but his record for New Zealand is very impressive. The batter lacked 772 runs with an average of 43 runs since the last 10 games against the opposition. It will be a test time for Puhara to chime in some impressive shows for the side.
Ajinkya Rahane recently witnessed a disappointment with Yanagi. His average at home isn’t that great either. But his technique and repertoire are known to everyone. The substitute skipper sees this as an opportunity to find his mojo and make an important contribution to the side. Meanwhile, keeper batter Wriddhiman Saha is an experienced campaigner and his service is important at the moment of the crunch.
All-rounder-Ravichandran Jadeya and Ravichandran Ashwin
Ravindra Jadeja has emerged as one of the promising all-rounders for teams of various formats. In addition to his economic spells, he also has the ability to hold a side fort with a bat.
Ravichandran Ashwin is one of the most important gears on Team India’s wheels. Off-spinners were exceptional for the team in the previous hometest series against England. He not only showed his territory with a ball, but also starred in the team with an impressive century-recording bat. With his wealth of experience, Ashwin can be a great asset to the side.
Bowler-Axar Patel, Ishant Sharma, Mohammed Siraj
Axar Patel, along with Ravindra Jadeja and Ravi Ashwin, enhances the team’s spin attack. Campur Pitch is expected to assist the spinner and will be a great opportunity for Patel to play the trumpet of his repertoire again. In the hometest series against England earlier this year, Axor Patel introduced some great spells and wants to do the same again.
Ishant Sharma and Mohammed Siraj are expected to take a pace bowling mantle for the team. In his experience, Sharma can prove deadly to opponents. Meanwhile, Shiraji is also keen to bring his best games to the fore. He had a great outing in Australia last year and in England earlier this year.