Just three and a half weeks after the T20s versus West Indies in Florida, we are ready for the start of India’s long home season. The first of India’s thirteen test matches this season starts against New Zealand on 22 September in Kanpur. Kanpur will also be India’s 500th test and Virat Kohli’s India will want to make it memorable for all the right reasons
Incidentally, New Zealand is the top ranked T20 nation, #2 ODI nation but only #7 in Tests. Here at 1T1H, we feel that #7 ranking doesn’t really reflect the talent, guts or potential of the Kiwis. We fully expect them to give India, the #2 test team in the world, a run for their money. No doubt Kumble and Kohli will remember that underestimating NZ has been costly in the past.
Ahead of the first test, both sides are knee deep in selection dilemmas, ranging from how many bowlers to pick to how many spinners to pick on the Kanpur track to which batsmen will make the cut.
India’s Ishant Sharma is out with illness and both Tim Southee and Jimmy Neesham are injured for New Zealand.
Here is 1 Tip 1 Hand’s recommended playing XI for India.