Team India They will be deprived of some of the first-choice players when they face New Zealand in the two-match Test series starting Thursday, November 25 in Kanpur. The two teams met in the first final of the World Test Championship (WTC) earlier this year, which the Black Caps won by eight wickets. This will be the first meeting of the two teams in the longest format since that meeting in Southampton, England.
The upcoming Test series against Kane Williamson & Co will also be India’s first Test series under new head coach Rahul Dravid. The newly appointed head coach will take part in his first Test, with Ajinkya Rahane as the stand-in captain of the team in the absence of regular skipper Virat Kohli. The team will look to continue their winning streak after thrashing the Kiwis 3-0 in the just-concluded three-match T20I series.
Ahead of the first Test in Kanpur, both the sides were busy with preparations and coach Dravid was seen supervising his children during a training session at the Green Park Stadium. Surprisingly, the 48-year-old took up the responsibility of bowling in the nets and was seen trying some off-spin deliveries.
control board for Cricket In India (BCCI) official Twitter account shared a short video of Dravid bowling right arm off spin to an Indian batsman.
“The moment when Team India head coach Rahul Dravid swings his hand in the nets,” read the caption accompanying the video.
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Earlier, the new coach was seen supervising the practice along with Paras Mhambrey and batting coach Vikram Rathor. Caretaker captain Rahane, Ravichandran Ashwin, Cheteshwar Pujara and Ravindra Jadeja among others attended the training session.
Apart from Kohli, who will join the squad for the second Test to be held in Mumbai, several first-choice players like opener Rohit Sharma, wicketkeeper-batsman Rishabh Pant, bowlers Jasprit Bumrah and Mohammed Shami have been rested and they are looking forward to the same. will not be available. Test Series.