India will host New Zealand for a Test and T20Is series, just after the conclusion of ICC T20 World Cup 2021. The IND vs NZ T20I series comprises 3 T20I matches, while the Test series consists of 2 Test matches. The T20I encounters will take place on November 17, 19, and 21. On the other hand, the two Tests will commence on November 25 and December 3.
After a poor performance in T20 World Cup 2021, Indian cricket undertakes a new journey. Virat Kohli will be no longer the skipper in T20I format and Rohit Sharma is the new skipper for India. Rahul Dravid is the new coach for the Indian team. The India squad for New Zealand series lacks a few crucial players, who were not given a chance. Here we take a look at 5 surprising omissions from India’s Tests and T20 squads in IND vs NZ series.
IND vs NZ: 5 Surprising Omissions From The Indian Tests And T20 Squads
5. Hanuma Vihari (Tests)
Hanuma Virari is the first player in this list. Hanuma Vihari is a Test specialist batsman who is often a regular part of the Test squad. He last played a Test match against Australia in January 2021, where he played an unbeaten 23-run knock off 161 balls to help the team draw the Test. As he got injured during the match, he spent a lot of time outside the field.
The right-handed batsman was a part of ICC World Test Championship final against New Zealand but did not play in the playing XI. However, after such a long time, Vihari should have been given a chance to perform in IND vs NZ Test series, considering his good record in Test format.