India’s tour of New Zealand will now continue with the upcoming Test series between the two nations. The two-match series also forms a part of the ongoing inaugural ICC World Test Championship. The action is scheduled to commence at 4:00 AM IST on February 21.
Virat Kohli and co. are currently on a seven-game winning streak which is also their highest run in Test cricket. World No.1 ranked Test side India are also at the top of the ICC World Test Championship points table. A win in the series will further solidify their chances of qualifying for the final, which is scheduled to be played in 2021.
Just days before the start of the Test series, Kiwi paceman Matt Henry was called in as a replacement for the World No.2 ranked bowler Neil Wagner. Wagner decided to opt-out of the opening Test as he is awaiting the birth of his first child. Meanwhile, in-form Indian opening batsman Rohit Sharma was ruled out of the remainder of the tour after he suffered a calf injury in the final T20I game. 20-year old batting sensation Prithvi Shaw will be covering for Sharma in the series and is expected to open alongside Test specialist Mayank Agarwal.
Tom Latham, Tom Blundell, Kane Williamson (c), Ross Taylor, Henry Nicholls, BJ Watling (w), Colin de Grandhomme, Kyle Jamieson, Tim Southee, Trent Boult, Ajaz Patel, Daryl Mitchell, Neil Wagner, Matt Henry.
Prithvi Shaw, Mayank Agarwal, Cheteshwar Pujara, Virat Kohli (c), Ajinkya Rahane, Ravindra Jadeja, Wriddhiman Saha (w), Ravichandran Ashwin, Umesh Yadav, Ishant Sharma, Mohammed Shami, Hanuma Vihari, Jasprit Bumrah, Navdeep Saini, Rishabh Pant, Shubman Gill.
The NZ vs Ind live match is scheduled to start at 4:00 AM IST and will be played between February 21 and February 25 at the Basin Reserve in Wellington. The NZ vs Ind channel will be Star Sports 1, Star Sports 1 HD while the NZ vs Ind live streaming will be on Hotstar and JioTV. You can also view NZ vs Ind live score updates at the official BCCI Twitter handle, i.e. https://twitter.com/BCCI.