india vs new zealand preview: Indian team will try to teach a lesson to new zealand on home ground
In the absence of some top players, including captain Virat Kohli and vice-captain Rohit Sharma, the Indian team will look to maintain their dominance at home against a strong New Zealand in the first Test, starting here on Thursday. .
Lessons to be learned from Australia
The Indian team will be led by Ajinkya Rahane who has been in poor form for some time now. They will also miss out on the services of injured KL Rahul and rested pacer Mohammed Shami but Rahane led the team to victory in Australia in almost such circumstances. The Indian team will look to teach a tough lesson to New Zealand by taking inspiration from the performance in Australia that dashed their hopes of becoming the World Test Champion earlier this year.
Shreyas Iyer will debut
Shreyas Iyer of Mumbai will get a chance to debut. Captain Ajinkya Rahane himself has approved it. Recently, it has been rare to see that the Indian Test team has played without the opening pair of Rohit and Rahul, captain Kohli or match-winning wicket-keeper batsman Rishabh Pant.
Batting has less experience
But it will also give newly appointed head coach Rahul Dravid a chance to try out his other players before the tour of South Africa. Among the batsmen, only Rahane, Cheteshwar Pujara and Mayank Agarwal have played more than 10 Test matches.
If Agarwal leaves, then it will be difficult for Rahul
If Agarwal performs well then it may be difficult for Rahul to make a comeback. Shubman Gill also bats well, so when both the regular openers return, the team management can bring them in the middle order.
Trouble for Rahane
In this match, all eyes will be on Rahane. He has scored runs in the last 11 Test matches at an average of 19. Failure in two matches on home soil will make it difficult for him to make it to the squad that travels to South Africa next month. Rahane did not look in confidence even during practice. In such situations, he has to lead a team that doesn’t have many star players. In such a situation, how Rahane strikes a balance between his role as a captain and that of a batsman will also decide the way forward in his career.
Ishant will also have to show his strength
Similarly, the situation is not looking favorable for the team’s senior most bowler, Ishant Sharma. He didn’t seem to be in rhythm during net practice. If Mohammad Siraj is dropped from the playing XI and Ishant is included, then he will also be under pressure to prove the team management right. Umesh Yadav is certain to make a place in the playing XI.
Gill-Agarwal will open the innings
If net practice goes according to order, Gill and Mayank will open the innings after which Pujara and Rahane will come out to bat. Iyer then went to practice, facing the same balls as Neil Wagner does in front of left-handed throw down specialist Nuwan. Jayant Yadav also spent considerable time in the nets but it was not found that this was done to ease the workload of Axar Patel.
Ashwin will again become number one,
Ravichandran Ashwin will again try to prove himself as the number one spinner in the world. During the last series against England, regular captain Kohli did not give him a chance to play even once. He will face a brilliant batsman like Kane Williamson. Ross Taylor, Tom Latham and Henry Nicholls will also be here to prepare to face the spin duo of Ashwin and Ravindra Jadeja. Axar Patel could be the third spinner to take 27 wickets in his home series debut against England.
For New Zealand, Tim Southee and Neil Wagner will take charge of the new ball, while in the spin department, left-arm spinners Ayaz Patel and Mitchell Santner, apart from off-spinner William Somerville, are likely to be included in the playing XI.
The teams are as follows:
India: Ajinkya Rahane (captain), Mayank Agarwal, Shubman Gill, Cheteshwar Pujara, Shreyas Iyer, Suryakumar Yadav, Wriddhiman Saha (wicketkeeper), Ravindra Jadeja, Ravichandran Ashwin, Axar Patel, Umesh Yadav, Ishant Sharma, Mohammad Siraj, Jayant Yadav, Srikar Bharata, one of the famous Krishna.
New Zealand: Kane Williamson (c), Tom Latham, Ross Taylor, Henry Nicholls, Tom Blundell (wk), Will Young, Glenn Phillips, Daryl Mitchell, Tim Southee, Neil Wagner, Kyle Jamieson, William Somerville, Ayaz Patel, Mitchell Santner, Rachin from Ravindra.
The match will start at 9.30 am Indian time.
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