IND vs NZ, 1st Test – The hectic schedule have kept few cricketers out of action in many of the tournaments, that can help them improve their performances in different formats of the game. With the IPL being run for about 2 months, it is quite imperative for the cricket boards to allow their players to play and get experience of playing against the top T20 players. But, too much cricket has kept them exhausted and prone to injuries as well. The latest player who has made headlines is top order batter KL Rahul.
The opening partners of the Indian team, KL Rahul and Rohit Sharma who played quite well against the England team in the last test series will be unavailable for the home series against New Zealand. Rohit Sharma has opted to take rest for the 2 test match series. While, KL Rahul has sustained a thigh muscle injury and will be out of action for few weeks.
In a current scenario, it is expected that the opening batsmen of the Indian team can be Mayank Agarwal and Shubman Gill, who have shown their mettle in limited appearances in the red ball format.
Mayank Agarwal Stats in Tests: 1052 runs in 14 Matches
Shubman Gill Stats in Tests: 414 Runs in 8 Matches
The Indian team will be without their key bowlers like Jasprit Bumrah and Mohammed Shami in this test series. In place of them, Prasidh Krishna has been given opportunity along with the experienced Ishant Sharma, Umesh Yadav, and budding bowler Mohammed Siraj.
The three spinners, Axar Patel, Ravindra Jadeja and Ravichandran Ashwin were terrific in the home series against England earlier this year, while Jayant Yadav has also been named in the squad.
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