After admitting a heavy defeat in the first Test in Wellington, Team India will look to bounce back and level the two-match series when they take on New Zealand in the second game beginning Saturday. But Ishant Sharma being ruled out of the game is not a news that would be pleasing to skipper Virat Kohli’s ears.Coming back to the game, the highly rated Indian batting line-up, which boasts of having the likes of Virat Kohli, Cheteshwar Pujara and Ajinkya Rahane, would want to fire on all cylinders after being caught napping against the pace attack of the Black Caps in Wellington.
It was India’s first loss in the ongoing ICC World Test Championship and even head coach Ravi Shastri stated’they needed a “shake-up” to come out of their fixed mindset.At least two changes can be expected in the India playing XI from the last Test with Ravichandran Ashwin likely to lose his spot to Ravindra Jadeja and either of Umesh Yadav or Navdeep Saini coming in for veteran Ishant Sharma whose right ankle injury has resurfaced.For the Black Caps, it would be all about continuing with what they have been doing since the ODI series.
Even though India have lost just one Test in the ongoing ICC World Test Championship, Kohli will like to improve their form in the SENA countries.
India vs New Zealand 2nd Test will start from 4:00 AM on Saturday, February 29.India vs New Zealand 2nd Test can be watched on the Star Sports network. Hagley Oval in Christchurch will host the 2nd Test between India and New Zealand.
India vs New Zealand – Test squads:-
India: Virat Kohli (captain), Mayank Agarwal, Prithvi Shaw, Cheteshwar Pujara, Ajinkya Rahane, Hanuma Vihari, Rishabh Pant (wk), R. Ashwin, Mohammed Shami, Ishant Sharma, Jasprit Bumrah, Umesh Yadav, Ravindra Jadeja, Wriddhiman Saha (wk), Navdeep Saini, Shubhman Gill
New Zealand: Tom Latham, Tom Blundell, Kane Williamson(c), Ross Taylor, Henry Nicholls, BJ Watling(w), Colin de Grandhomme, Tim Southee, Kyle Jamieson, Ajaz Patel, Trent Boult, Neil Wagner, Matt Henry, Daryl Mitchell.