New Delhi: The first Test between India and New Zealand is set to begin on November 25 at Kanpur. However, Team India has already suffered a major defeat. Due to injury, Team India's opening batsman KL Rahul has been ruled out of the series. Suryakumar Yadav has taken his spot.
For the opening Test against World Test champions New Zealand, Ajinkya Rahane will have to make some crucial decisions. Shubman Gill will undoubtedly open the innings alongside Mayank Agarwal in the first Test, but it is unclear who would bat at No. 4.
Ajinkya Rahane and coach Rahul Dravid were set to pick either Shreyas Iyer or Suryakumar Yadav, however, Ajinkya Rahane made a statement regarding Shreyas Iyer's debut a day before the match. Before the start of the Test series against New Zealand, India's biggest question was who will play at No. 4. The middle-order is already looking shaky in the absence of Virat Kohli and Rishabh Pant, while KL Rahul has been ruled out due to injury. Shreyas Iyer and Suryakumar Yadav have joined Team India to help address the problem. It was determined that any of them would make their Test debut, however, Rahane stated in the press conference that Shreyas Iyer will play the first Test.