Saturday, 28 January 2023

Ajinkya Rahane to Captain Team India in First Test against New Zealand in Kanpur

Ajinkya Rahane to Captain Lead Team India in First Test against New Zealand in Kanpur

India will kick off the grueling home season with a series against New Zealand. The Indian team will be hosting NZ in 3 T20Is and 2 Test matches in November-December. A week before the T20I series, the Chetan Sharma-headed selection panel announced the 16-member squad led by Rohit Sharma. While many seniors were rested for the series, Rohit was included as India's full-time T20I captain.

Now it looks like he will be given much-needed rest following the T20Is. As per reports, Rohit will be rested for the Test series against NZ, which kicks off on November 25. Since Virat Kohli will be reportedly rested for the opening Test, vice-captain Ajinkya Rahane will lead the team.

Rohit Sharma will reportedly take a gap from the game and miss the two Test matches against New Zealand. Ajinkya Rahane, the Vice-captain, will lead the team in Rohit's and Virat Kohli's absence.

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The report also adds that Rohit was in contention to lead the team in the opening Test. because his workload will be managed. Rahane has been Team India's since 2017 as a Test vice-captain and has captained the side in 5 Tests. He has also led the team India in both Test and ODI.

Another report suggests that Rishabh Pant, Mohammad Shami, Shardul Thakur, and Jasprit Bumrah will be rested for the Test series. Wriddhiman Saha will be a direct selection in the playing XI in Rishabh's absence while it remains to be seen how many young players make it to the Test squad.

Ishant Sharma and Umesh Yadav will be making their comebacks, while Hanuma Vihari will be in line to play XI. R Ashwin and Ravindra Jadeja will continue to lead the spin attack.

The opening Test will be played in Kanpur, while Mumbai will host the 2nd Test. Following the home series, Team India will leave for South Africa. The visitors will play 3 Tests, 3 ODIs, and 4 T20Is there.

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