India’s tour of New Zealand is coming to a close as days pass by. The two teams will play a two-match Test series starting from February 21st, apart from gaining points for the ICC Test Championship, the Indian players would like to end this mini-battle on a winning note.
While the Men in Blue whitewashed the Kiwis 5-0 in the T20I series, the hosts came back strongly and blanked India 0-3 in the ODI series. Now, it is all to play for as the Test series edges closer, and it remains to be seen which team will have the last laugh.
Meanwhile, preparations for the Test series are underway as both teams recently played a three-day warm-up match. While the likes of Cheteshwar Pujara, Mohammed Shami and Jasprit Bumrah will be the first names on the team sheet.
Besides, some players will most likely sit out the games against New Zealand.
Here, is a list of five Indian players who are most likely to warm-up the bench in upcoming New Zealand Test series:
1) Shubman Gill
After Rohit Sharma was ruled out of the Test series owing to his calf injury, captain Virat Kohli chose to include India U19 star Shubman Gill in his stead. He was brought up to the senior squad to give tough competition to Prithvi Shaw, but they both have underwhelmed so far.
Mayank Agarwal will open the innings for India, but questions remain regarding his partner. While both Shaw and Gill are talented players, they lack consistency given their international careers have just begun.
Given that Shaw fared better than Gill in the practice match versus New Zealand XI, he might just get the nod ahead of his former India U19 teammate.
Hence, the latter will have to be content with a place on the bench.