Host India will be looking to continue their home dominance when they take on New Zealand in the two-match series, starting from 25th November at Kanpur.
Pacers Jasprit Bumrah, Mohammad Shami, wicket-keeper Rishabh Pant and opener Rohit Sharma have been rested for the game. Virat Kohli will be available for the second and final game of the series at Mumbai. Opener Lokesh Rahul has been injured and will be replaced by Shreyas Iyer in the Test squad.
On the other hand, Kane Williamson will lead the side for the two-match Test series against New Zealand after being rested for the T20I series. Ajaz Patel, Will Somerville and Mitchell Santner are three spinners included in the squad for this series. Will Young, Henry Nicholls, Rachin Ravindra and Kyle Jamieson will be looking to make an impact with bat and ball on their first trip to India.
Here are the most important statistics and numbers related to India vs New Zealand 2021 Test series which is mentioned below
8 wickets required by left-arm pacer Trent Boult to complete 300 wickets for New Zealand in Test cricket. In 73 matches played, Boult has claimed 292 wickets at an average of 27.67 with eight five-fors to his name.
9 wickets required by left-arm orthodox spinner Mitchell Santner to complete 50 wickets in Test cricket. The New Zealand spinner has taken 41 wickets in 24 Test matches at an average of 45.63.
205 runs needed by Indian vice-captain Ajinkya Rahane to complete 5,000 runs in Test cricket. In 79 Tests played, Rahane has accumulated 4,795 runs at an average of 39.30 with 12 centuries and 24 half-centuries to his name.
235 runs needed by Indian captain Virat Kohli to complete 8,000 runs in Test cricket. In 96 Test matches played, Kohli has accumulated 7,765 runs at an average of 51.08 with 27 centuries and 27 half-centuries to his name.
114 runs needed by Indian vice-captain Ajinkya Rahane to complete 500 runs against New Zealand in Test format. In four matches played, Rahane has scored 386 runs at an average of 55.14 with one century and one half-century to his name.