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India vs New Zealand First Test Match Preview

Not long after World T20 Cup wrapped up New Zealand began its tour of India. After losing in the finals of the World T20 Cup, the team went on to lose another T20 series against India in India's home grounds. India got its revenge back after losing to the Kiwis in the World T20 Cup, and it is time to get even for the Test loss against Blackcaps in England. Both the teams will play two tests, the first will be played on 25th of November at the Green Park Stadium in Kanpur.


India's former T20 skipper, Kohli could not manage to get the team an international title. And the men in blue had their way out of the tournament way early after losing to Pakistan and New Zealand in consecutive matches. The team underperformed at the Dubai pitches despite having played at the pitches in the Indian T20 League just before the World T20 Cup. The team lacked a group performance and failed to seal enough victories to make it to the semis. However, the young boys performed tremendously in the T20 series that followed the World T20 Cup and whitewashed the Kiwis. 

Rohit's captaincy clubbed with amazing performance of the young guns brought 3 consecutive wins to India. However, the biggest star in New Zealand, Kane Williamson was not a part of the team and that affected the team big time. 

New Zealand

New Zealand team's last accomplishment was the Test Championship title. They lost miserably against Australia in the finals of the World T20 Cup, followed by a series lost against India. These two test matches can be redemption for the team and they might bring the best at the table as their captain is returning. Kane Williamson is known for performing at the tests and expectations from him will be high. Guptill has been performing very well for New Zealand and he would probable serve again the same way he has been so far.

Weather Report

The minimum and maximum temperatures at Kanpur will be around 18 and 29 degrees, respectively. The humidity will be around 44 percent and the skies will be clear throughout the day.

Pitch Report

The pitch at Green Park is known to support the spinners just like most pitches in India. Surprisingly, the last test played here was between these two teams only where India emerged out as the winner. The pitch will assist the spinners the same way it did the last time, and the pacers will be slightly disappointed as there won't be much variation in their bowling.

Probable Playing XI For India

Shubman Gill, Mayank Agarwal, Cheteshwar Pujara, Ajinkya Rahane (C), Shreyas Iyer, Ravindra Jadeja, Wriddhiman Saha, Ravichandran Ashwin, Axar Patel, Mohammad Siraj, Ishant Sharma

Probable Playing XI For New Zealand

Tom Latham, Rachin Ravindra, Kane Williamson (C), Ross Taylor, Henry Nicholls, Glenn Philips, Daryl Mitchell, Mitchell Santner, Kyle Jamieson, Neil Wagner, Ajaz Patel

Key Players


Mayank Agarwal

Ajinkya Rahane

New Zealand:

Kane Williamson

Tom Latham

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