- Opener Lokesh Rahul has been ruled out of the Test series against New Zealand due to injury
- Shreyas Iyer gets a chance in Rahul’s absence, will start his Test career with the first Test
- Mayank Agarwal and Shubhaman Gill will be in charge of the opening
India has Akshar Patel in the spin department but he did not train. While Jayant Yadav was seen in good form in net practice. “Shreyas Iyer will make his Test debut,” Rahane said. Rahane said Lokesh Rahul’s injury was a big blow to the Indian team but he had faith in openers Mayank Agarwal and Shubhaman Gill.
Lokesh Rahul had an impressive performance in England and is in good form. We will definitely miss him but we have players who can take responsibility and he has done well in the past. So I have no worries about the opening slot, ”Rahane said.
However, Rahane did not give an accurate answer regarding the third spinner. “I can’t comment on that,” he said. I can’t say for sure about the team’s combination, but as you know in India most wicket spinners are helpful. We can expect the ball to be slow and low. I’m not sure what the wicket will be like.
Rahane has been playing in poor form for a long time. He has averaged 19 in 11 Tests this year. “I’m not worried about my form,” he said of his form. My responsibility is to contribute as much as possible to the team. Contributing doesn’t mean you have to score a century in every match. 30, 40 or 50 runs per innings is also an important contribution.