It has been a year to remember for all the ICT fans when it comes to red-ball cricket. From breaching Fortress Gabba to surviving a WTC heartbreak to standing up again and conquering ‘the Lord’s’, it has been a roller coaster ride for Indian Cricket fans.
After two months, our boys will be at it again. But this team, they’ll be without their 6 prominent players, namely Virat Kohli, Rohit Sharma, KL Rahul, Rishabh Pant, Jasprit Bumrah and Mohammed Shami.
Shubman Gill and Mayank Agarwal are likely to open the innings for team India with Shreyas Iyer expected to make his Test debut if one goes by the statement of stand-in skipper Ajinkya Rahane.
It would be a litmus test for Gill and Mayank, who are getting opportunities on the back of KL Rahul and Rohit Sharma’s unavailability in the game. Pujara and Rahane, who have been looking off-colour for quite some time now would be looking to get some runs under their belt too.
The spin trio of Ashwin, Axar Patel and Ravindra Jadeja will be looking to break the backbone of the New Zealand batting lineup while Umesh Yadav’s inclusion in the team, that too in the home conditions won’t make you miss Jasprit Bumrah.
New Zealand, on the other hand, would be looking to script history by winning this series as they are yet to win a bilateral series in India. Kane Williamson, who opted himself out of the T20I series, will return to the side. Kyle Jamieson will make a comeback too. Ross Taylor, Tom Latham, and Tim Southee are among the other experienced players from the team. Heading into the first Test, both the teams will be looking to put their A-game to the fore.
Here are the match details, pitch report, probable playing 11, squads, player records/stats and dream11 fantasy team predictions for the New Zealand Tour of India, 2021 between India and New Zealand of 1st Test.
IND vs NZ Match Details
- Match: India vs New Zealand, 1st Test
- Date: Thursday, November 25, 2021
- Time: 9:30 AM (IST)
- Venue: Green Park, Kanpur
The track at Green Park seems a batting-friendly surface where spinners are expected to get good assistance. The batters will also have an upper hand in the first two days of the Test on this deck. The pacers, however, won’t have much assistance here. Toss would be crucial.
IND vs NZ Probable Playing XI
India Playing XI
Ajinkya Rahane (C), Wriddhiman Saha (WK), Axar Patel, Shubman Gill, Shreyas Iyer, Mohammad Siraj, Cheteshwar Pujara, Umesh Yadav/Ishant Sharma, Ravichandran Ashwin, Ravindra Jadeja, Mayank Agarwal.
New Zealand Playing XI
Kane Williamson (C), Ross Taylor, Mitchell Santner, Tim Southee, Will Somerville/Kyle Jamieson, Henry Nicholls, Tom Latham, Ajaz Patel, Neil Wagner, Tom Blundell, Glenn Phillips/Daryl Mitchell.
Average First Innings Score
The average first innings score at this venue in the last 5 matches played is 398 runs.
India & New Zealand Last 5 Matches Stats
Mayank Agarwal: The Karnataka-born has been on the bench and travelling with team India but didn’t get an opportunity to showcase his batting prowess. It would be a great opportunity for him to show his ‘A’ game and cement a place in the team. Talking about his numbers, in 6 innings on home soil, he has scored 597 runs with the help of three hundred, which includes a couple of double tons against South Africa and Bangladesh.
Cheteshwar Pujara: He hasn’t been in his top form in recent times but one can’t write him off that easily. And at home conditions, surely not. He is going to be the player to watch out for in this series. He has accumulated 6494 runs in his 90 Test matches at an average of 45.41.
Kane Williamson: He is going to be one of the key batsmen for the black caps. He has a blistering record against India and would be looking to perform in the same way. He has accumulated 7230 runs in his Test career at an average of 53.95.
Tom Latham: He is going to open the innings for the black caps and will have the huge responsibility of giving a perfect start to the team. He has accumulated 384 runs in 14 innings against India at an average of 29.53.
IND vs NZ Player Record/Stats (Top 5)
|Player||Stats (This Tournament)|
|Kane Williamson||7230 Runs & 30 Wickets|
|Tim Southee||314 Wickets & 1728 Runs|
|Cheteshwar Pujara||6494 Runs|
|Ravichandran Ashwin||413 Wickets & 2685 Runs|
|Ravindra Jadeja||227 Wickets & 2145 Runs|
IND vs NZ Captaincy Picks
- Kane Williamson
- Ravichandran Ashwin
- Cheteshwar Pujara
IND vs NZ Dream11 Fantasy Team Prediction
Fantasy Team Suggestion 1
- Wicket-Keeper: Tom Blundell
- Batsmen: Ajinkya Rahane, Cheteshwar Pujara, Kane Williamson, Shubman Gill
- All-Rounders: Mitchell Santner, Ravindra Jadeja, Ravichandran Ashwin
- Bowlers: Tim Southee, Ajaz Patel, Mohammad Siraj
- Captain: Kane Williamson
- Vice-Captain: Ravichandran Ashwin
Fantasy Team Suggestion 2
- Wicket-Keeper: Tom Blundell
- Batsmen: Ross Taylor, Cheteshwar Pujara, Tom Latham, Mayank Agarwal
- All-Rounders: Ravichandran Ashwin, Axar Patel
- Bowlers: Neil Wagner, Ajaz Patel, Mohammad Siraj, Will Somerville
- Captain: Cheteshwar Pujara
- Vice-Captain: Ross Taylor
Probable Winner Of The Match
India is expected to win this match.
Disclaimer: This team is based on the understanding, analysis, and instinct of the author. While selecting your team for the fantasy game please consider the points mentioned and make your own decision at the time of making your team.