Shreyas Iyer in India ready to unleash 3 spinners

India plays XI 1st test: Shreya Iyer in India ready to release 3 spinners in New Zealand: Follow LIVE updates
India plays XI 1st test: Shreya Iyer in India ready to release 3 spinners in New Zealand: Follow LIVE updates

India plays XI 1st Test – IND vs NZ LIVE: Shreya Iyer is ready to make his Test debut tomorrow against New Zealand in the Kanpur Test, stand-in captain Ajinkya Rahane confirmed at the press conference today. With KL Rahul ruled out, it’s certain that Shubman Gill will now open with Mayank Agarwal in the first Test, where Shreya’s Iyer will bat as No. 4. However, the Trump card for the host will still be the spin trio of R Ashwin, R Jadeja & Axar Patel. Follow India vs New Zealand 1. Test Live Updates on InsideSport.IN

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India plays XI 1st test: Shreya Iyer in India ready to release 3 spinners in New Zealand: Follow LIVE updates

In a speech to the media on the eve of the opening test, Team India’s stand-in captain Ajinkya Rahane said: “Shreyas Iyer will make his debut.”

With Iyer’s debut confirmed, India’s player XI in the opening test in Kanpur will look like this –

India play XI vs NZ 1st test:

  1. Shubman Gill
  2. Mayank Agarwal
  3. Cheteshwar Pujara
  4. Shreyas Iyer
  5. Ajinkya Rahane
  6. Wriddhiman Saha (WK)
  7. Ravindra Jadeja
  8. Ravichandran Ashwin
  9. Axar Patel
  10. Ishant Sharma
  11. Mohammed Siraj / Umesh Yadav

IND vs NZ Playing XI: Trump Cards to India – Spin Trio: The trump card for India in the ongoing test series will once again be the spinners. Spin duo R Ashwin & Axar Patel were on vocals as England toured India in 4 Test matches in February-March 2021.

R Ashwin picked up 32 wickets in 4 Test matches to finish as the leading wicket-taker in the series, while Axar Patel finished in second place with 27 scalps in just 3 matches. The duo completely dominated Joe Root and Co. and played a major role in India’s 3-1 victory in the 4-match Test series.

Speaking of Ravindra Jadeja, the left-spin all-rounder was named Man of the Match when New Zealand played at Green Park Stadium in their last India tour, which dates back to 2016. Ravindra Jadeja picked up a 5-fer and scored also a fifty while R Ashwin came in with a 6-fer in the second half.

IND vs NZ Player XI: Can Shreyas Iyer deliver as No. 4? Iyer – who makes his test debut in Kanpur – has a big responsibility to deliver.

Shreya Iyer and Suryakumar Yadav – who were added as replacements for injured KL Rahul – lined up to make their debut. While Suryakumar Yadav assisted Virat Kohli & Co on the England tour after the WTC final, Iyer has only been preferred because he has been on voters’ radar for a long time.

Iyer has not played any red ball cricket in the last 24 months. The last time he played a first-class match was back in 2019 in the Irani Cup and has also struggled to score races since his shoulder surgery.

Shreya Iyer, preparing for the IPL, still has one dream: to wear India's test cap

India plays XI 1st test: Shreya Iyer in India ready to release 3 spinners in New Zealand: Follow LIVE updates

IND vs NZ Playing XI: Who will pair up with Ishant Sharma?

With six batteries and three spinners, India will have to choose between Umesh Yadav or Mohammad Siraj to pair with Ishant Sharma. Mohammad Siraj suffered a hamstring injury in the 3rd T20I but has been spotted in training session. If he fits, he’s likely to get a nod in front of Umesh Yadav.

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