India starts their home campaign with first of three test match series against New Zealand at Green Park, Kanpur on Thursday (22 September). India have long season ahead considering amount of five-day games scheduled to be played against New Zealand, England and Australia.
Men in blue are currently second in ICC Test Ranking list trailing Pakistan by just 1 points so this test series gives opportunity to Virat Kohli and co. to surpass Pakistan’s score and grab number one ranking. India will go into this test series at the back of impressive test series win over Caribbeans.
Ajinkya Rahane, Shikhar Dhawan, Murali Vijay, Cheteshwar Pujara, KL Rahul and Virat Kohli, India have a number of match-winners especially considering that they are playing at home while the spinners led by Ravichandran Ashwin.
Ishant Sharma who has already been ruled out of first test due to mosquito-borne related illness chikungunya have opened the chance for either Bhuvneshwar Kumar or Pacer Umesh Yadav.
New Zealand come into this clash after losing their two-match Test series to South Africa 1-0. The Kiwis though would not be too concerned by the result, considering the conditions on offer at South Africa is very different to what they will face in India.
New Zealand are seventh in Test Ranking with 95 points and will know that they have under performed in the five-day game. A team consisting of Ross Taylor, Tom Latham, Martin Guptill, BJ Watling, Trent Boult and skipper Kane Williamson should be doing better and and gain better ranking.
Tim Southee has been ruled out of test-series due to ankle injury is a big blow for kiwis. Either Doug Bracewell or Matt Henry will share new ball with Trent Boult.
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Full squad – India & New Zealand
India Squad: Virat Kohli(c), Lokesh Rahul, Shikhar Dhawan, Cheteshwar Pujara, Ajinkya Rahane, Murali Vijay, Rohit Sharma, Ravichandran Ashwin, Wriddhiman Saha, Ravindra Jadeja, Mohammed Shami, Ishant Sharma, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Amit Mishra, Umesh Yadav
New Zealand Squad: Kane Williamson(c), Trent Boult, Doug Bracewell, Mark Craig, Martin Guptill, Tom Latham, James Neesham, Henry Nicholls, Luke Ronchi, Mitchell Santner, Ish Sodhi, Tim Southee, Ross Taylor, Neil Wagner, BJ Watling
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