IND vs NZ, 2nd Test:- Virat Kohli will return for the second Test against New Zealand starting from December 3 in Mumbai. As the captain prepares to take charge. interesting to see
Return of Virat Kohli
Indian opener Wasim Jaffer believes head coach Rahul Dravid and Team India should be starring in the second Test match between New Zealand and hosts India (India vs New Zealand). It will be very difficult to remove one of the star batsmen to accommodate Virat Kohli in the decorated batting lineup. In the first Test of the ongoing bilateral series against New Zealand led by Kane Williamson at the Green Park Stadium in Kanpur, the shortcomings of Team India’s batting were completely exposed.
Ajinkya Rahane and Cheteshwar Pujara’s Flop Show
India trouble by the flop show of stand-in captain Ajinkya Rahane and Cheteshwar Pujara. However, Ravichandran Ashwin, Wriddhiman Saha, and Shreyas Iyer propelled the hosts into a competitive second inning on the fourth day of the match in Kanpur. Opener Mayank Agarwal, stand-in captain Rahane, and premier batsman Pujara failed to score runs for India in the ongoing series between a Kohli-less team and New Zealand.
Jaffer agreed that it would be difficult for Virat Kohli to toss, but added that if Mayank Agarwal is dropped, he would more likely to open the innings with Shubman Gill in Mumbai Test. Wriddhiman Saha can promote this. With Mayank Agarwal and Ajinkya Rahane showing another batting failure in the longest format, feels former cricketer Wasim Jaffer.
Mayank Agarwal or Ajinkya Rahane may be out.
Wasim Jaffer said, “It is a toss between Mayank Agarwal and Ajinkya Rahane. I will consider both of them. This is the toss-up that Virat Kohli has to do. Does he want to go with Mayank Agarwal and give him another chance? Or do they think] Ajinkya Rahane hasn’t scored enough runs in the last 10-12 Test matches after the Melbourne Test, so he got out? It’s a tough call, definitely a tough call. It depends on whom the blame falls.”
‘Nobody’s place will change if Wriddhiman Saha is open’
Former Indian opener Jaffer has also given his opinion about India’s opening combination for the second Test (IND vs NZ) against New Zealand. The batting coach of Punjab Kings (PBKS) feels that Mayank Agarwal will make room for Kohli in the second Test in Mumbai. He said, “I think I will open with Wriddhiman Saha. If Mayank Agarwal goes out because then everyone will have to bat outside their position. If Pujara will open and then Ajinkya Rahane will bat at some other position. But if saha open
Everyone can bat at his place. You can do this in Indian conditions with Saha. Is this a long-term call? Certainly not because India will go to South Africa. So they have to rethink their top six for Mumbai.”