India Vs Newzealand: First Test Day One Toss, Report, Score And updates | IND vs NZ: India, New Zealand cautious, spinners’ performance crucial

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This is a golden opportunity for New Zealand to win the series when India go without superstars. New Zealand last won a Test series in India in 1988. The Kiwis have a golden opportunity to end their 33 – year wait. Virat Kohli, KL Rahul, Rohit Sharma, Rishabh Pant and Jaspreet Bumra are not with India.
At the same time, New Zealand is coming with a strong star squad. New Zealand, including Kane Williamson, Ross Taylor and Tom Ladham, have the potential to shake up India. Defeating India at the plate is not an easy task. No team has won a Test series in India in recent times. Under the tutelage of Ravi Shastri, India’s Test team has made great strides. This is the first Test series since Shastri was replaced by Rahul Dravid.

India will not be able to win the Test series as easily as they did in the T20 series. The lack of superstars for India is likely to backfire. In the absence of Rohit Sharma and KL Rahul, Shubhman Gill and Mayank Agarwal will be paired in the opening. The team has high hopes for senior players Cheteshwar Pujara and Ajinkya Rahane. The recent performances of both are not so great. Cheteshwar Pujara has scored a century in 1057 days. Rahane was disappointed on the last tour of England. The batting performance of both the batsmen will be crucial for India when they return home. While India have high hopes as superstars, both need to rise accordingly. Otherwise the team is more likely to be eliminated.

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Shreyas Iyer will make his Test debut in the absence of Kohli. Shreyas is likely to get a chance at number four or number five. Suryakumar Yadav has been considered for the India squad to replace Rahul due to injury. But in the first match, he could not get a place in the team. India’s strategy is sure to spin in Kanpur. India may play three spinners. Along with R Ashwin and Ravindra Jadeja, Akshar Patel could also get a place in the playing 11. Akshar had a stellar performance in the last England series in India. That may give him a chance too. Mohammad Siraj and Umesh Yadav are likely to be the pacers.

The absence of Trent Bolt in New Zealand is noteworthy. Bolt has been rested for the rest of the season. Colin D. Granthome is also not on the team. Neil Wagner and Tim Southee are the other pacers. The arrival of New Zealand with a team to make the best spin. Ajaz Patel will also lead the spin column. Rachin Raveendran has been given a chance to make his debut today. The ball is sure to get a turn from day one. Defending the experienced Indian spinner R Ashwin will be a big challenge for New Zealand. Ashwin has dismissed Kane Williamson five times so far. After the break, India have a chance to make amends for their defeat to New Zealand in the final of the World Test Championship.

Playing 11 India: Mayank Agarwal, Shubhman Gill, Cheteshwar Pujara, Ajinkya Rahane, Shreyas Iyer, Ravindra Jadeja, Wriddhiman Saha, R Ashwin, Akshar Patel, Umesh Yadav, Ishant Sharma

New Zealand – Tom Ladham, Will Young, Kane Williamson, Ross Taylor, Henry Nichols, Tom Blundell, Rachin Ravindra, Kyle Jamison, Tim Southee, Ajaz Patel, William Somerville.

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