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| On Dec 2, 2021 10:06 AM IST

IND vs NZ: Wriddhiman Saha or KS Bharat? Who will be part of India Playing 11 in 2nd Test?

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IND vs NZ 2nd Test: The Indian team is all set to take on New Zealand in the second and final Test match starting from 3 December at the Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai. The opening Test match in Kanpur ended in an exciting draw after both India and New Zealand played some great brand of cricket across the five days. India’s regular Test captain Virat Kohli will be making a comeback into the playing XI for the second game, however, the hosts have a lot of questions to answers with regards to some crucial selection issues.

IND vs NZ: Wriddhiman Saha or KS Bharat?

India’s wicket-keeper Wriddhiman Saha sustained a neck injury during the first Test against New Zealand after which he couldn’t keep wickets in both the innings. Even with a stiff neck, Saha contributed with a courageous knock of 61 runs in the second innings to help India put up a strong fourth innings target. However, in his absence, 28-year-old KS Bharat did a remarkable job while donning the wicket-keeping gloves having affected three brilliant dismissals.

Indian team bowling coach Paras Mhambrey recently mentioned that they will take a final call on Saha’s fitness as they go closer to the 2nd Test match in Mumbai. He mentioned that the physios are working constantly with the senior wicket-keeper batter. However, Indian captain Virat Kohli has confirmed that Saha is completely fit and available for selection in the second Test.

Related: Likely New Zealand Playing 11 for 2nd Test

India vs New Zealand 2nd Test

Team India might well have to make a big call ahead of the second Test match against New Zealand in order to ensure that both of Virat Kohli and in-form Shreyas Iyer find a place in the playing 11. Iyer scoring a wonderful century and fifty on his Test debut means that stand-in skipper Ajinkya Rahane will have to be dropped from the side. Also, Mohammed Siraj is likely to replace Ishant Sharma in the team for the final Test match.

Related: Ravi Ashwin Becomes India’s Third Highest Wicket-taker in Tests

IND Playing 11 (likely)
Mayank Agarwal
Shubman Gill
Cheteshwar Pujara
Virat Kohli
Shreyas Iyer
Wriddhiman Saha/KS Bharat
Ravindra Jadeja
Ravichandran Ashwin
Axar Patel
Umesh Yadav
Mohammed Siraj

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Kuljyot Singh

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