The 2nd test match between India and NZ has been delayed due to wet spots near the bowling markup and pitch area. The match will be played at Wankhede stadium where the pitch is likely to offer more bounce as compared to the Kanpur Test Match. The Kanpur test match saw the New Zealanders hanging on during the last phase of the match. The last pair survived tricky conditions for the last 9 overs and denied a win to Team India.
Siraj to come in place of Ishant Sharma?
Ishant Sharma did not have a great outing against the Kiwis. The tall bloke went without any wicket in both the innings and there have been calls to bring back Mohammad Siraj in place of him. Upon being asked what he learned from the Kanpur test match, Siraj in his own words replied “Patience was the key in the Kanpur match. Was watching Southee and Ishan bhai bowling consistently. In Wankhade, will try to make the batsman play as much: Mohammad Siraj
Kohli hinted at playing a fast bowler
During the conference yesterday, Kohli hinted that an extra pacer might be included in the team due to the overcast conditions. Mumbai has been witnessing unseasonal rains for the last two days, however, the rain has stopped as of now and the umpires are looking for areas for the bowler to dry up.
Headache upon Kohli’s return
Virat Kohli will be returning to the India side after a gap of three weeks. Ajinkya Rahane was the stand-in captain for the 1st test. He has been out of form for many innings. Shreyas Iyer was brought in as a replacement for Kohli however the debutant scored a century and a half-century in both innings. It appears either Mayank Agarwal, Cheteshwar Pujara or Ajinkya Rahane will made to exit in order to accommodate the returning captain.
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