Team India has started the New Zealand tour by winning the five-match T20I series with 5-0 but they lost the three-match ODI series by 3-0. Now India will play a two-match test against New Zealand which will start from February 21. You can watch India vs New Zealand, 1st test match live on Star Sports and Hotstar from 4 AM.
India can try to continue their winning momentum in the test because they haven’t lost any test series after world cup 2019. In the absence of Injured Rohit Sharma, We will see a new opening Partner of Mayank Agarwal. Prithvi Saw may open the Inning with Mayank Agarwal instead Shubman Gill.
“Prithvi is a talented player and he has his own game and we want him to follow his instincts and play the way he does. Look, these guys have no baggage and are not desperate to perform in any manner,” said Indian captain Virat Kohli ahead of the 1st test.
“They don’t have any nerves to do well overseas. Like a clear head with which Mayank played in Australia, Prithvi can do the same in New Zealand. A bunch of guys playing with fearlessness, something that can motivate the whole team, gives us start that the team wants and not get intimidated by the opposition in any way,” he added.
Ishant Sharma will play a test match after recovering from the injury while Jasprit Bumrah will make his comeback in the test after a long time. Wriddhiman Saha will play over Rishabh Pant as a wicket-keeper batsman.
Possible Playing XI of India
Mayank Agarwal, Prithvi Shaw, Cheteshwar Pujara, Virat Kohli, Ajinkya Rahane, Wriddhiman Saha, R Ashwin/Hanuma Vihari, Ravindra Jadeja, Mohammed Shami, Ishant Sharma, Jasprit Bumrah
New Zealand can try to continue their winning momentum from ODI series.it’s massive boost for New Zealand that Trent Boultmakes his comeback from injury so there bowling is looking stronger now.
Possible Playing XI of New Zealand
Kane Williamson (Captain), Henry Nicholls, Ross Taylor, Colin de Grandhomme, Tom Blundell, Tom Latham, BJ Watling, Trent Boult, Kyle Jamieson Neil Wagner/Matt Henry, Ajaz Patel, Tim Southee,