Zaheer Khan
Zaheer Khan (Image Credit: Twitter)

Former Indian pace bowler Zaheer Khan feels that India might open with Cheteshwar Pujara in order to bring back skipper Virat Kohli in the second Test against New Zealand.

Kohli missed the first Test as he was rested by the Indian board to manage his workload. The question that comes before the team management is whom do they drop for the second Test?

Who will be dropped for Virat Kohli in the second Test?

Rohit Sharma, Ajinkya Rahane, Virat Kohli
Rohit Sharma, Ajinkya Rahane, Virat Kohli. Image-Twitter

Shreyas Iyer, who played as Kohli’s replacement for the first Test, scored 105 & 65 in his two innings.

Senior batters Cheteshwar Pujara and Ajnkya Rahane are once again in the limelight for not scoring big runs and critics believe one of them could make way for Kohli.

Sheyas Iyer should definitely play: Zaheer Khan

Zaheer believes that Iyer should play in the second Test against New Zealand and either of inform players like Pujara or Rahane or an opener could be dropped to accommodate Kohli in the team.

The middle-order headache for this Test has come after Iyer’s fantastic debut performance. Iyer made good use of his opportunity. Virat Kohli is sure to come in, so there needs to be space made in the middle-order,” Zaheer said on Cricbuzz.

Shreyas Iyer
Shreyas Iyer. (Photo: BCCI)

“I think there is a bit more pressure on Pujara and that is not entirely performance-based. Have seen in previous instances that often an opener gets dropped. They might go in a direction and ask whether Pujara can open in these conditions, but there is no denying that there needs to be some shuffling.

“Iyer should definitely play, there is absolutely no question about it. They either have to drop an opener or drop either one of Pujara or Rahane,” he added.

India play the second Test against New Zealand on December 3 at the Wankhede in Mumbai.

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Ahead of the second Test, there were rains in Mumbai that forced both the teams to cancel their training session.

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