Shreyas Iyer will be making his test debut in two test matches series against New Zealand commencing Thursday, 25 November at Green Parks stadium in Kanpur after KL Rahul got dropped from the playing side. This popped up as a confirmation from the captain Ajinkya Rahane during pre match conference on Wednesday. Speaking to the media on the eve of the opening game, Rahane said: “Shreyas Iyer is going to make his debut.”

The team seems quite propped up with recent boost as Indian side defeated the New Zealand by 3-0 in T20 series. But the fallout of the team’s premier batter KL Rahul due to thigh injury will be a blow to the face of its balance. This means the team is walking in without top three premier faces of batting- Virat Kohli, Rohit Sharma and KL Rahul as former two are rested in the purview of the workload.

Rahane said KL Rahul will be missed in the Test series against New Zealand, but he is not too worried about the opening combination. “See, it is a big blow. KL Rahul is not available for these two Test matches, he did really well in England. He was in good form and played really well. Obviously, we will miss him but we have guys who can fill that slot, guys who did well for us in the past. Not too worried about the opening slot,” Rahane said during a virtual press conference.

When asked about the conversations with head coach Rahul Dravid, Rahane said, “Rahul bhai just told us to back ourselves and not think too much about it. (Cheteshwar) Pujara and I know our game plan, it is about keeping it simple and backing our plans. If we get in, try to convert it into a big one.

“First of all, we will miss these three guys (Virat Kohli, Rishabh Pant and Rohit Sharma). But it is a good opportunity for all the youngsters to play, whoever gets an opportunity, they will look to play with freedom. This team is all about backing one another. Conditions here and conditions in South Africa will be different, first, we are thinking about this series,” he added.

When asked about his own form, Rahane said, “I am not concerned about my form, I just think about contributing for the team, it is not always scoring a hundred. I always put the team first. I am very fortunate to lead the country, I am not bothered about what is going to happen. I am just focused on giving my best. When I am batting, I am there as a batter. The captaincy hat comes on when I am there in the field. It is all about what sort of game plan we have, what sort of strategy we have. I just like to keep it simple,” he added.

Talking about the Black Caps, Kane Williamson is coming back to the red ball games and Trent Boult will be unavailable for the games, rest Visitors are showing up with their regular faces.


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