MUMBAI: India wicket-keeper Wriddhiman Saha has recovered from a neck drawback and is obtainable for choice for the second and last Take a look at in opposition to New Zealand, captain Virat Kohli mentioned on Thursday.
Saha was unable to don the wicket-keeping gloves on the ultimate day of the primary Take a look at in Kanpur as a consequence of a stiff neck with Okay.S. Bharat taking his place behind the stumps through the drawn Take a look at.
“Saha is fit as of now and he has completely recovered from the neck niggle or spasm that he was suffering from,” Kohli informed reporters earlier than the Wankhede Stadium Take a look at beginning on Friday.
Kohli himself skipped the three-match Twenty20 sequence and the opening Take a look at in opposition to New Zealand to take a relaxation.
Whereas Kohli’s return might be a great addition for India’s batting, it would additionally go away them with a range headache.
In Kohli’s absence, Mumbai batter Shreyas Iyer made a dream take a look at debut with a first-innings 105 adopted by an important 65 within the second in Kanpur.
Calls have grown to drop both Ajinkya Rahane, who led India in Kanpur, or Cheteshwar Pujara — each of whom have been in need of runs — to vacate a spot for Kohli and permit Iyer to retain his place.
Unseasonable rain in Mumbai has additionally meant that each groups haven’t been capable of practise outdoor since Wednesday and the climate situations might have an effect on the crew choice, in keeping with Kohli.
“We will discuss our combination. The change in weather and the change in conditions have to be taken into account,” he mentioned, including that he anticipated the Wankhede Stadium pitch to have one thing on supply for batters and bowlers.
“But we also can’t assume that the weather will remain the same for the next five days. So we have to have a combination which can adapt to any change.”
New Zealand have by no means received a Take a look at sequence in India, not to mention a Take a look at match for the reason that 1988-89 tour.
The highest-ranked Black Caps, who beat India in a June contest in Southampton to win the inaugural World Take a look at Championship, have an opportunity to make historical past with a win in Mumbai.
“We gained a lot out of our efforts in Kanpur [Test],” New Zealand’s tempo speahead Tim Southee mentioned. “We’re just looking forward to a new challenge here in Mumbai.”
INDIA: Virat Kohli (captain), Ajinkya Rahane, Suryakumar Yadav, Mayank Agarwal, Cheteshwar Pujara, Shubman Gill, Shreyas Iyer, Wriddhiman Saha, KS Bharat, Ravindra Jadeja, Ravichandran Ashwin, Axar Patel, Jayant Yadav, Ishant Sharma, Umesh Yadav, Mohammed Siraj, Prasidh Krishna
NEW ZEALAND: Kane Williamson, Tom Blundell, Kyle Jamieson, Tom Latham, Henry Nicholls, Daryl Mitchell, Ajaz Patel, Glenn Phillips, Rachin Ravindra, Mitchell Santner, Will Somerville, Tim Southee, Ross Taylor, Will Younger, Neil Wagner.
Revealed in Daybreak, December third, 2021