PREVIEW : IND VS NZ
After a T20 World Cup and a brilliant England test series, India is back in the white jersey after a three-month of One day cricket. With a 3-0 victory in T20is against New Zealand, the Indian side will look to take over the Kiwis in the white jersey. India will face New Zealand in a two test match series commencing from 25th November at Kanpur. Ajinkya Rahane will lead the side for the first test, whereas Virat Kohli will pitch in the second test. The selectors have made some interesting calls in the squad, that too with Shreyas Iyer and Prasidh Krishna getting their maiden test call-up. The contest of IND VS NZ is a mouth-watering rivalry to watch.
KL RAHUL is ruled out of the first test match against the New Zealand team with a thigh strain. He was the sure-short opening batsman after his brilliant performances as an opener in the England test series. Surya Kumar Yadav is added to the squad after KL Rahul’s unavailability.
NO BOULT – NEW ZEALAND
Whereas, Kane Williamson and Kyle Jamieson skipped the T20i series to prepare for the Test matches and in addition to workload management as well. The Kiwis will be missing their key pacer, Trent Boult, who is unavailable for the test series, citing the workload. New Zealand has added five spinners in the squad and to strengthen their batting line-up, they have added Glenn Phillips to bowl as a spinner as well.
After conquering his maiden championship, the T20i series, coach Rahul Dravid will aim to win the Test Series as well. Dravid has worked with Rohit in the T20i’s and now will have a chance to play with Stand-in captain Ajinkya Rahane in the first test and with the regular skipper, Virat Kohli in the second test match.
STATS THE MATTER : IND VS NZ
India and New Zealand have a famous rivalry following the World Test Championship Final loss and moreover New Zealand at their home where India was defeated by a margin of 2-0. Both of the teams have played 60 matches in which India leads the head to head records by a 21-13 margin. Moreover, 26 matches have ended up in a draw between these two sides.
Last time, when New Zealand toured India for the test matches, faced a clean sweep from India and could not even stand in the competition of India. Cheteshwar Pujara was the highest run-getter in that series with 373 runs in six innings at an average of 74.80, whereas Ravichandran Ashwin topped the charts with 27 wickets with an economy of 3.27.
Indian captain Virat Kohli has amassed 830 runs against New Zealand while donning the whites. Kohli will miss the first Test of the series but will be available for the second game.
Among active cricketers, Ravichandran Ashwin has scalped the most wickets (52) in India vs. New Zealand Tests. His economy rate against the Blackcaps is 2.96.