India batter Iyer to make test debut against New Zealand

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MUMBAI, Nov 24 (Reuters) – India batter Shreyas Iyer will make his test debut against New Zealand within the opening match at Kanpur, the hosts’ stand-in captain Ajinkya Rahane stated on Wednesday.

Opener KL Rahul was dominated out on Tuesday due to a left thigh muscle pressure, paving the best way for the 26-year-old Mumbai batsman to come into the aspect for the primary test beginning on Thursday.

“Shreyas is going to make his debut. Unfortunately KL is injured, he is not going to be part of the test team for next two matches,” Rahane advised reporters. “It’s clearly an enormous blow.

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“He did very well in England. He was in good type, performed properly within the T20s. We will miss him. But we’ve guys who can do the job, guys who’ve finished properly for us prior to now and are skilled.”

India, beaten by New Zealand in the World Test Championship final in June, are already without regular captain Virat Kohli, who decided to skip the first match.

Batter Rohit Sharma, wicketkeeper Rishabh Pant and fast bowlers Jasprit Bumrah and Mohammed Shami have been rested for both matches.

Iyer has been a regular for India in the white-ball format, playing 22 one-dayers and 32 Twenty20 internationals.

Rahane said the hosts were yet to finalise their combination for the match but added that the series would be a good opportunity for those coming into the side in the absence of the big names.

Spin bowling will be the deciding factor in the match and the 33-year-old Rahane said it was important for India to maximise their home advantage.

“We are backing our bowlers to take 20 wickets on spin-friendly pitches,” Rahane said.

“At the identical time it will likely be good to bat on. That is a problem as a batter, to play on the highest degree you have got to adapt to the conditions, circumstances after which as soon as you might be set try to get an enormous one.”

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Reporting by Sudipto Ganguly; modifying by Peter Rutherford

Cricket - Third Twenty20 International - Australia v India - Sydney Cricket Ground, Sydney, Australia - December 8, 2020. India's Shreyas Iyer walks off after losing his wicket lbw off the bowling of Australia's Mitchell Swepson. REUTERS/Loren Elliott

Cricket - First Twenty20 International - India v England - Narendra Modi Stadium, Ahmedabad, India - March 12, 2021. India's Shreyas Iyer celebrates reaching his half century. REUTERS/Danish Siddiqui

Cricket - Third Twenty20 International - Australia v India - Sydney Cricket Ground, Sydney, Australia - December 8, 2020. India's Shreyas Iyer walks off after losing his wicket lbw off the bowling of Australia's Mitchell Swepson. REUTERS/Loren Elliott

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