The second Test match of the two-match series between India and New Zealand is to be played from December 3 at the Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai. The first Test match ended in a draw and now all eyes are on which batsman will have to sit out of the playing XI after the return of captain Virat Kohli for the Mumbai Test. Rahane and head coach Rahul Dravid both responded with a lot of weight to the question of how the playing XI of the Mumbai Test would be. While Rahane said that the decision will be from the team management, Dravid said that there will be changes in the team after talking to Virat and seeing the conditions there.
Virat Kohli was actually rested from the first Test match, in such a situation, Ajinkya Rahane had to take charge of the team in the Kanpur Test. In Kanpur, Rahane could only play an innings of 35 and four runs and his poor form seems to be continuing for the time being. At the same time, Shreyas Iyer, who joined the team in place of Virat, impressed everyone by hitting a century and a half-century in his debut Test itself. Iyer was also adjudged man of the match. When Rahane was asked about the playing XI combination for the Mumbai Test after the match, he said, “Virat is coming back in the next match.” We will have to see till the Mumbai Test. I will not comment on it, the management will take a decision.
With skipper Kohli returning in the next Test in Mumbai, will Shreyas Iyer be dropped to replace Rahane in the last 11? Dravid said, ‘We have not decided what our playing XI will be and it is too early. At least today our focus was on this match. When we go to Mumbai, we will take stock of the situation and check the fitness of the people. Virat Kohli will also join, so we have to discuss with him and then take a decision.