The Indian team has been announced for the Test series against New Zealand. Ajinkya Rahane will be seen taking over the reins of the team in the first Test, while Virat Kohli will return to the team in the second match as captain. Rohit Sharma has been rested for this test series. At the same time, Shreyas Iyer, KS Bharat and fast bowler Pranamik Krishna have been included in the Test team for the first time. Jayant Yadav, who played the last Test match for India in 2017, has also been included in the team.
#TeamIndia squad for NZ Tests:
A Rahane (C), C Pujara (VC), KL Rahul, M Agarwal, S Gill, S Iyer, W Saha (WK), KS Bharat (WK), R Jadeja, R Ashwin, A Patel, J Yadav, I Sharma , U Yadav, Md Siraj, P Krishna
*Virat Kohli will join the squad for the 2nd Test and will lead the team. pic.twitter.com/FqU7xdHpjQ
— BCCI (@BCCI) November 12, 2021
Shreyas Iyer has a lot of experience in limited overs cricket, but he will be playing for Team India for the first time in a white jersey. Iyer has played 22 ODIs and 29 T20 matches for India so far. During this, the right-handed batsman has scored 813 runs in the 50-over format at an impressive average of 42.78. At the same time, in T20, Iyer’s bat has scored 550 runs at a strike rate of 133. Famous Krishna got a chance to debut for Team India in the limited overs series played against England this year. Krishna has so far taken six wickets in three ODIs for India and his economy has been 6.91. This Karnataka bowler has taken 34 wickets in first-class cricket and 87 wickets in List-A cricket.
Srikar Bharat, who played some strong innings for Royal Challengers Bangalore in IPL 2021, has found a place in the team in the absence of Rishabh Pant. Bharat has good experience of first class cricket. He has scored 4283 runs in 78 matches played so far at an average of 37.24. At the same time, playing in List-A cricket, Bharat has scored 1,351 runs. Jayant Yadav has returned to the Test team after almost four years. Jayant played his last Test match for India in the year 2017 against Australia. In four Tests, Jayant has taken 11 wickets in his name. He has also played one ODI match for Team India. The first match of the Test series will be played in Kanpur from November 25, while the second match will be played in Mumbai from December 3.