IND vs NZ 2nd Test: Mohammed Siraj, Jayant Yadav in as India make three three changes in playing XI for Mumbai Test

  • Virat Kohli opted to bat first at the Wankhede Stadium after winning the toss against Kane Williamson-less New Zealand.
India's Mohammed Siraj during a practice session ahead of the 2nd test match between India and New Zealand at Wankhede stadium, in Mumbai on Thursday. (ANI)
India's Mohammed Siraj during a practice session ahead of the 2nd test match between India and New Zealand at Wankhede stadium, in Mumbai on Thursday. (ANI)
Published on Dec 03, 2021 11:46 AM IST
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India made three changes for the Mumbai Test against New Zealand, one of them of course being the return of captain Virat Kohli, who opted to bat first at the Wankhede Stadium after winning the toss against Kane Williamson-less New Zealand.

Mohammed Siraj replaced Ishant Sharma, Jayant Yadav came in place of Ravindra Jadeja while Kohli replaced Ajinkya Rahane for the series decider. 

“Looks like a hard wicket and not a lot of grass. With the sun out, it should be the best time to bat. Rahane had a hammie niggle on Day 5, Jadeja has a swollen right forearm, and Ishant has an injury too. We just have to do the basics right like in Kanpur. NZ must be given credit for batting out the overs on Day 5. We can be in positions to capitalize at home if we play well,” Kohli said after winning the toss. 

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For New Zealand, there is only one forced change, Daryl Mitchell in place of Williamson. 

“We would've had a bat too. It's been under covers for a few days, and so it might do a bit early. Unfortunate for Kane, his elbow is acting up again, but good chance for Mitchell. It might swing with the humidity here, and we will get assistance and given the pitch it will spin too. We did well after losing the toss in Kanpur and hopefully we can make use of the conditions here and pick up some early wickets,” said Tom Latham, who will lead New Zealand in the Mumbai Test.

Earlier in the day, vice-captain  Rahane was ruled out of the second Test owing to a minor left hamstring strain, which he had incurred while fielding on the final day of the Kanpur Test, along with veteran pacer Ishant, who "dislocated his left little finger during the final day of the 1st Test match in Kanpur", and all-rounder Jadeja "suffered a right forearm injury".

New Zealand, on the other hand, have rested their captain Williamson following an elbow injury, which had flared-up during the Kanpur Test. Tom Latham will 

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