In this first test, Ajinkya Rahane is leading the side when the regular skipper Virat Kohli is rested. In the absence of Rohit Sharma and KL Rahul, Cheteshwar Pujara and Mayank Aggarwal has opened for Men in Blue in the Green Park Stadium after they won the toss and chose to bat.
Kanpur: India is locking horns with New Zealand in the first match of the two-match series at their homeland.
In this first test, Ajinkya Rahane is leading the side when the regular skipper Virat Kohli is rested. In the absence of Rohit Sharma and KL Rahul, Cheteshwar Pujara and Mayank Agarwal has opened for Men in Blue in the Green Park Stadium after they won the toss and chose to bat.
Speaking at the toss, Rahane said, "Looking to bat first. Pitch looks really good. Generally slows down later on here. Shreyas is making his debut. We are all excited to play under the new coaching staff. I personally enjoy playing under Rahul bhai. New Zealand are a quality side. 3 spinners, 2 seamers."
India batter Shreyas Iyer on Thursday received his Test cap from former skipper and legendary cricketer Sunil Gavaskar ahead of the first match against New Zealand.
. The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) shared the video in which Gavaskar can be seen handing the Test cap to Iyer, while all other players congratulate the India batter.
"A moment to cherish for @ShreyasIyer15 as he receives his #TeamIndia Test cap from Sunil Gavaskar - one of the best to have ever graced the game," BCCI tweeted.
The right-handed batter received his maiden Test cap from the legendary cricketer Sunil Gavaskar.
India Playing XI: Shubman Gill, Mayank Agarwal, Cheteshwar Pujara, Ajinkya Rahane(c), Shreyas Iyer, Wriddhiman Saha(w), Ravindra Jadeja, Axar Patel, Ravichandran Ashwin, Ishant Sharma, Umesh Yadav
New Zealand Playing XI: Kane Williamson (capt), Tom Blundell, Kyle Jamieson, Tom Latham, Henry Nicholls, Ajaz Patel, Rachin Ravindra, Will Somerville, Tim Southee, Ross Taylor, Will Young