Opening batsman KL Rahul has been ruled out of the Test match series against New Zealand, after the batsman picked an injury in muscle strain on his left thigh, right before the series. India will play New Zealand in the first Test match of the two-match series at Greenpark stadium in Kanpur from November 25.
Young batsman Suryakumar Yadav has been named the replacement of KL Rahul for the test match series against New Zealand. Ajinkya Rahane will captain the match in the absence of regular captain Virat Kohli, while Rohit Sharma is already not part of the series as the Indian T20 skipper has been rested for the entire series.
With Rahul out of the series, Mayank Agarwal is set to open with Shubman Gill while Cheteshwar Pujara, Suryakumar Yadav/Shreyas Iyer and Anjikya Rahane, is likely to be the middle order for the team for the first test match until regular captain Virat Kohli joins the squad for the second match at Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai.
As far as the bowling department is concerned, the senior pace duo of Jasprit Bumrah and Mohammed Shami have been rested for the first match and might return for the second match in Mumbai’s Wankhede stadium.
This will be India’s first test match against New Zealand after the defeat in the World Test Championship final. India lost the final on the last day in a rain-affected match. New Zealand coach Gary Stea ahead of the first test match said that, they might play with three spinners on a spin-friendly pitch of Greepark.
India’s Test squad: Ajinkya Rahane (c), Mayank Agarwal, Cheteshwar Pujara, Shubman Gill, Shreyas Iyer, Suryakumar Yadav, Wriddhiman Saha (WK), KS Bharat (WK), Ravindra Jadeja, R Ashwin, Axar Patel, Jayant Yadav, Ishant Sharma, Umesh Yadav, Md Siraj, Prasidh Krishna