After facing a humiliating 3-0 defeat in the T20I series, New Zealand are set to lock horns with India in two Tests. The IND vs NZ 1st Test is scheduled to start on November 25 (Thursday) with the venue being Green Park Stadium in Kanpur. India currently hold the top spot in ICC World Test Championship 2021-23 points table. India crushed England 2-1 in their previous Test series during an away tour.
Now, they will aim to continue with their dominance against New Zealand. However, they are short of some crucial players like Rohit Sharma, KL Rahul, Mohammed Shami, Jasprit Bumrah, and even Virat Kohli, who will join the squad in the 2nd Test. New Zealand will commence their campaign in ICC World Test Championship 2021-23 against India. Ahead of IND vs NZ 1st Test, here we talk about New Zealand’s predicted playing XI in the encounter.
IND vs NZ: New Zealand’s Predicted Playing XI Against India– New Zealand Tour of India 2021, 1st Test
Tom Latham (WK)
Tom Latham will be opener and wicketkeeper for the team in the opening game. With the retirement of BJ Watling and the absence of Devon Conway, Tom Latham is the best option for the team to go ahead for keeping the stumps. The left-handed batsman was part of IND vs NZ World Test Championship 2019-21 final. He scored 30 and 9 in the two innings he batted.