India vs NZ 2021: Indian cricketer, Shreyas Iyer will make his Test debut in the first of the two-match Test series against New Zealand, starting Thursday. India’s stand-in captain, Ajinkya Rahane confirmed the news while speaking to the media on the eve of the first Test against New Zealand.
“Shreyas Iyer is going to make his debut,” said Rahane.
India will go into the series on the back of a 3-0 win over New Zealand in the T20Is. However, a lot of senior players will be missing the first Test. It will be interesting to see how a second-string Indian side plays against New Zealand.
KL Rahul got injured prior to the start of the series. He has been ruled out of the series, while Rohit Sharma has been rested in both games. However, skipper Ajinkya Rahane isn’t too concerned about the opening positions. He believes that India has got enough backup to accommodate both positions.
“See, it is a big blow. KL Rahul is not available for these two Test matches, he did really well in England. He was in good form and played really well. Obviously, we will miss him but we have guys who can fill that slot, guys who did well for us in the past. Not too worried about the opening slot,” Rahane said during a virtual press conference.
Skipper Virat Kohli and Rishabh Pant too will miss out in the first Test. Rahane expressed disappointment over the absence of those two players but also said that it’s a good opportunity for other players to capitalize on.
“First of all, we will miss these three guys (Virat Kohli, Rishabh Pant and Rohit Sharma). But it is a good opportunity for all the youngsters to play, whoever gets an opportunity, they will look to play with freedom. This team is all about backing one another. Conditions here and conditions in South Africa will be different, first, we are thinking about this series,” he added.
India vs NZ 2021 India’s Test squad: Ajinkya Rahane (Captain), Mayank Agarwal, Cheteshwar Pujara (vice-captain), Shubman Gill, Shreyas Iyer, Suryakumar Yadav, Wriddhiman Saha (wicket-keeper), KS Bharat (wicket-keeper), Ravindra Jadeja, R. Ashwin, Axar Patel, Jayant Yadav, Ishant Sharma, Umesh Yadav, Mohammed Siraj, Prasidh Krishna.
The first Test between India and New Zealand is slated to be played from 25th November to 29th November 2021 at Green Park in Kanpur.