New Zealand and India are scheduled to play the 1st test match of the 2-match series at Basin Reserve, Wellington. Both these teams last played a test match against each other nearly 4 years ago when India beat New Zealand comprehensively at home.
Recently in test cricket, New Zealand had a very tough time in Australia when they lost a test series to them by 3-0(3). Meanwhile, India hasn’t lost a match in test cricket for more than a year, and in the last series, they defeated Bangladesh in a dominant test series performance by 2-0(2). Although, the conditions in New Zealand are vastly different from any other in test cricket and the home team plays very well. So, India has a tough competition ahead in the upcoming test series.
Basin Reserve ground helps the fast bowlers for the first couple of days in test matches and thereafter becomes a very easy pitch for the batsman for the remainder of the game. Captain winning the toss generally has no hesitation in bowling first here. CBTF from Bhaiji provides basic information like this to the bettors for betting purposes.
New Zealand is at the no. 4th position in the ICC Test Team Rankings as of the latest press release by the ICC.
Although the New Zealand team has been woefully out of form in recent test matches, they are still a very formidable team at home. New Zealand knows their pitch conditions very well, and they use it to good advantage to beat the top test teams at home. The captain Kane Williamson has been the best batsman for New Zealand as well as world cricket. Top performers in test cricket in the recent past for the New Zealand team with the bat are Ross Taylor and Tom Latham, while with the ball are Neil Wagner and Trent Boult.
Most of the injured players in the New Zealand team have regained full fitness in time for the test series against India, and they are ready to perform to the best of their abilities in front of their home fans.
Players to watch out for New Zealand are Kane Williamson, Tom Latham, Neil Wagner, and Trent Boult.
New Zealand Squad: Kane Williamson ©, Tom Latham (wk), Henry Nicholls, Tom Blundell (wk), Kyle Jamieson, Ross Taylor, BJ Watling (wk), Tim Southee, Colin De Grandhomme, Trent Boult, Matt Henry, Daryl Mitchell, Ajaz Patel, Neil Wagner.
India has been the no. 1 test team for over 3 years in a row as per the ICC Test Team Rankings with consistent wins both at home and away matches.
In the recent past, India has won test matches in South Africa and England. While the biggest triumph in test cricket for India came when they beat Australia in a test series for the first time in away matches. Virat Kohli, the captain of India, has led the test team superbly with his batting and leadership skills over the last 5 years and made the team a global juggernaut in test cricket. The top batsmen for India during this time has been Cheteshwar Pujara and Ajinkya Rahane, meanwhile the top bowlers have been Ishant Sharma and Ravichandran Ashwin.
As the top test team in the world, India is very confident about playing well in this upcoming test series away from home, but they have to be wary of the top quality players of New Zealand that can challenge them throughout the test series.
Players to watch out for India are Virat Kohli, Mayank Agarwal, Mohammed Shami, and Jasprit Bumrah.
India Squad: Virat Kohli ©, Prithvi Shaw, Mayank Agarwal, Ravindra Jadeja, Mohammed Shami, Jasprit Bumrah, Rishabh Pant (wk), Navdeep Saini, Ravichandran Ashwin, Ajinkya Rahane, Cheteshwar Pujara, Ishant Sharma, Shubman Gill, Hanuma Vihari, Wriddhiman Saha (wk), Umesh Yadav.
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