3 Surprising picks in India's Test squad to play against New Zealand

3 Surprising picks in India’s Test squad to play against New Zealand

India to play two Tests against NZ in Kanpur and Mumbai.

Jayant Yadav
Jayant Yadav. (Photo Source: BCCI/ Twitter)

Team India is all set to welcome New Zealand on home soil by kicking off the series with three T20Is. The three-match T20I series will be followed by two Tests which will take place in Kanpur and Mumbai, respectively. In the latest turn of events, BCCI just announced the 16-man squad which will set action against NZ in the longest format of the game with Ajinkya Rahane as the skipper.

As the BCCI decided to rest some senior players due to the back-to-back series in the last six months, the likes of Rohit Sharma, Jasprit Bumrah, and Mohammed Shami are missing from the squad whereas Virat Kohli will be joining the duties from the Mumbai Test. Some surprising inclusions can also be seen in the lot and let’s take a look at-

Surprising inclusion in Team India’s squad for New Zealand Tests

1. KS Bharat

KS Bharat
KS Bharat. (Photo Source: Twitter/RCB)

The Andhra Pradesh wicketkeeper-batter KS Bharat has been named in the Indian Test squad to face NZ in two games. His selection comes as surprising as he is yet to play a game for India across any format. Though he has been added as cover for injured players earlier, he hasn’t got his chance to show his talent.

In May 2021, he was added to India’s Test squad against England series as a cover for Wriddhiman Saha but didn’t play any game. He was roped in by RCB ahead of IPL 2021 auction and stunned all by playing a game-changing knock and smashing a six against DC on the last ball.

His records in 78 FC games and 51 List A games stand to be decent as he has 4283 and 1352 runs in the given formats, respectively. It remains to be seen if he gets his chance in the XI and makes it count.