India vs New Zealand
India vs New Zealand (Image Credits: Twitter)

IND vs NZ- Match Preview, New Zealand Tour of India 2021, 1st Test. India and New Zealand are set to face each other in an upcoming Test series. The IND vs NZ 1st Test will commence on November 25 (Thursday) at Green Park Stadium in Kanpur. India recently defeated New Zealand in the three-match T20I series 3-0.

India will be led by Ajinkya Rahane in the 1st Test while Virat Kohli will return to the squad in the 2nd game. Other than Virat Kohli, Rohit Sharma, Mohammed Shami, and Jasprit Bumrah are some crucial players that India lacks in the Test squad for the opening game. For New Zealand, Kane Williamson will be back to lead the squad after missing the T20I series.

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Ajinkya Rahane

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In head-to-head encounters, India and New Zealand have played 60 Test matches against each other. India have won 21 games while New Zealand emerged victorious in 13 encounters. There were 26 Tests that ended in a draw. While playing on home soil, India totally dominate New Zealand, winning 16 matches and losing only 2 out of 34 games.

Ajinkya Rahane and Cheteshwar Pujara
Ajinkya Rahane and Cheteshwar Pujara (Image Credit: Twitter)

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While playing at Green Park Stadium in Kanpur, India have defeated New Zealand 2 times out of 3 games; with 1 game ending in a draw. In the last 5 Test matches, India have won 2 matches while New Zealand outplayed India on 3 occasions.

IND vs NZ- Match Preview, New Zealand Tour of India 2021, 1st Test

India

India
India. Image Credits: Twitter

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India last played a Test series against England in August. Showcasing a magnificent performance, India won 2 matches against hosts England, draw 1, and lost 1 out of 4 matches. The 5th and final Test was postponed due to covid-19 and will be played next year. With a 2-1 lead in 4 games against England, India have definitely proved that they are a dominant side even when playing overseas.

India currently hold the top spot in ICC World Test Championship 2021-23 points table with a PCT of 54.17. A series win against New Zealand or a clean sweep will help India to maintain their top spot. India lost their last three Test games against New Zealand but own a great record when playing against them at home.

Indian Team defeat England At Lord's
Indian Team defeat England At Lord’s (Image Credit: Twitter)

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India Squad: Ajinkya Rahane (C), Mayank Agarwal, Cheteshwar Pujara (VC), Shubman Gill, Shreyas Iyer, Suryakumar Yadav, Wriddhiman Saha (WK), KS Bharat (WK), Ravindra Jadeja, Ravichandran Ashwin, Axar Patel, Jayant Yadav, Ishant Sharma, Umesh Yadav, Md. Siraj, Prasidh Krishna.

New Zealand

New Zealand Cricket Team, ICC World Test Championship Final
New Zealand celebrate winning the ICC World Test Championship Final (Image Credit: Getty)

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New Zealand is the top team in ICC Test rankings currently. In the last Test match they played, the Kane Williamson-led side defeated India in the final of ICC World Test Championship 2019-21 in London. Prior to that, New Zealand also outplayed hosts England in a two-match Test series 1-0.

New Zealand will play their debut series in ICC World Test Championship 2021-23. Hence, they will aim to start on a winning note as it will help them to take the top spot in the points table. However, New Zealand have a poor record against India on the latter’s home soil which is the biggest disadvantage they have in the series.

IND vs NZ- Match Preview, New Zealand Tour of India 2021, 1st Test
New Zealand Team (Image Credit: Twitter)

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New Zealand Squad: Kane Williamson (c), Tom Blundell (wk), Devon Conway, Kyle Jamieson, Tom Latham, Henry Nicholls, Ajaz Patel, Glenn Phillips, Rachin Ravindra, Mitchell Santner, Will Somerville, Tim Southee, Ross Taylor, Will Young, Neil Wagner.

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