IND Playing 11: The Indian team will lock horns with the New Zealand team in the 2nd Test of the bilateral series between both the nations at Mumbai. If the Indian team wins this test match, they will reach no.1 in the ICC Test Rankings. At present, India is at 3rd position. The % of win also play a vital role in deciding the rankings of the teams. The skipper Virat Kohli will be back for the Indian side in this fixture, and his aggression along with the experience will be valuable for the team.
The Indian team will be boosted by the return of Virat Kohli, who took rest in the 1st Test, after a busy schedule in the IPL and T20 World Cup. After Shreyas Iyer rewriting history in the 1st Test, he is likely to feature in this test match. While the openers, Mayank Agarwal and Shubman Gill are set to retain their places. The form of Cheteshwar Pujara has been a matter of concern, but he has been impressive in Indian subcontinent in the past. The stand-in captain of 1st Test Rahane can be a potential candidate to be dropped due to his inconsistency.
In the bowling unit, fast bowler Mohammed Siraj can make way for Ishant Sharma, who has not been at his best fitness for quite some time, and was seen limping as well.
IND Playing 11 (likely)
India Squad: Ajinkya Rahane (c), Cheteshwar Pujara, KL Rahul, Mayank Agarwal, Shubman Gill, Shreyas Iyer, Suryakumar Yadav Wriddhiman Saha (WK), KS Bharat (WK), Ravindra Jadeja, R Ashwin, Axar Patel, Jayant Yadav, Ishant Sharma, Umesh Yadav, Mohammed Siraj, Prasidh Krishna
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