IND v NZ: Pant, Bumrah, Shami rested; Kohli to return for Mumbai Test

The BCCI announces the India Test squad for the two-Test series against New Zealand. Virat Kohli has been rested for the first Test. He will join the squad before the second Test and will lead the side.

Ajinkya Rahane will be captain for the first Test against New Zealand in Kanpur. - AFP

Fast bowlers Jasprit Bumrah and Mohammed Shami, and wicketkeeper Rishabh Pant have been rested for the two-Test series against New Zealand.

K. S. Bharat, who displayed his batting prowess in the IPL for the Royal Challengers Bangalore, has been given a spot in the 16-man squad announced by the BCCI on Friday.

With Pant absent, Wriddhiman Saha is in line to play his first Test since India's defeat in the day-night Test in Adelaide in December 2020.

Meanwhile, Jayant Yadav, who has played four Tests so far - makes the cut, presumably to cover for Washington Sundar, who is yet to fully recover from a finger injury sustained in July, during the England tour.

Virat Kohli has been rested for the first Test. He will join the squad before the second Test and will lead the side.

The first will be held in Kanpur, from November 25-29, and the second Test will be held in Mumbai from December 3-7.

SQUAD

Ajinkya Rahane (captain), K. L. Rahul, Mayank Agarwal, Cheteshwar Pujara (vice-captain), Shubman Gill, Shreyas Iyer, Wriddhiman Saha (wicket-keeper), K. S. Bharat (wicket-keeper), Ravindra Jadeja, R. Ashwin, Axar Patel, Jayant Yadav, Ishant Sharma, Umesh Yadav, Md. Siraj, Prasidh Krishna.

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