Five months after winning the World Test Championship in Southampton, New Zealand is preparing for one of the most difficult tasks-the test series in India. Given India’s outstanding performance in the past 12 months and the settlement of England’s four test series at home earlier this year, despite the lack of some top Indian batsmen, the New Zealander’s rollover seems to be within reach.
Senior batsmen Kane Williamson and Rose Taylor will take responsibility for hitting and fight R. Ashwin & Co. Tim Sausie and Neil Wagner will use their skills at the front line of the bowling to reverse the swing effect of the SG ball. But its spinner is not world-class-this is its Achilles heel.
Taylor, 37, will be eager to make his mark in his fourth series in India. He can deal with spinners on a spicy court, and these two tests provide him with an excellent opportunity to enhance his reputation as a generalist. In this test, he will be fresher than Williamson. After the color and excitement of T20 cricket, Williamson can’t dream of a different environment than the dust and spin of Indian whites.
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Opener Tom Latham (Tom Latham) is one of the other two batsmen in the lineup, and they have some experience with the situation in India. Latham scored three and a half centuries in the last tour in 2016, including 58 shots at this venue. Henry Nicholls scored a total of 25 tests in the only test in his career in India, but considering his condition-two centuries and two of the last six tests Half a century-he will support the mid-level.
Kane Williamson and Tom Latham. -AP
For India, the series can give us a glimpse into the future of its batting. After a long wait, Shreyas Iyer, a prolific base runner from Mumbai, will finally participate in a test match.
Shreyas, Shubman and Mayank Agarwal can score on these wickets and provide a good headache for Indian selectors before the South African Tour, which starts in December.
Shreyas Iyer will make his debut in the first test against New Zealand
It is not clear whether Shreyas’ teammate in Mumbai, Suryakumar Yadav, will play a role in the test series, but his test ceiling will also be the long-awaited. It’s been a while since Suryakumar knocked on the door. He is versatile and can hit the ball in any position.
Substitute captain Ajinkya Rahane will be eager to restart the game. He can only get fifty in the England Tour. His prolific runs in the Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy-286 runs in five games-should give him confidence.
Ashwin, Ravindra Jadeja and Axar Patel are probably the three spinners tested in these two tests, but choosing a pacemaker can be tricky. If India does cooperate with reverse swing experts Umesh Yadav and Ishant Sharma, Mohammed Siraj, who has performed well on the England and Australia tournaments, may have to be missed.
Rahane was the captain in the test
2017 against Australia in Dharamsala (winning)
2018 in Bangalore vs Afghanistan (win)
Melbourne vs. Australia in 2020 (winning)
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Brisbane vs. Australia in 2021 (winning)
India: Ajinkya Rahane (c), Cheteshwar Pujara, Suryakumar Yadav, Mayank Agarwal, Shubman Gill, Shreyas Iyer, Ravindra Jadeja, R. Ashwin, Axar Patel, Wriddhiman Saha (wk), KS Bharat, Jayant Yadav, Ushanthammed Siraj, Prasidh Krishna.
New Zealand: Kane Williamson (c), Rose Taylor, Henry Nichols, Lachine Ravendra, Will Young, Mitchell Santner, Will Somerville , Darryl Mitchell, Tom Blundell (week), Tom Latham, Glenn Phillips, Kyle Jamison, Ajaz Patel, Tim Southey, Neil Wagner.