IND vs NZ Dream11 Prediction, Fantasy Cricket Tips, Playing 11, Pitch Report and Injury Updates For 1st Test

IND vs NZ Dream11 Prediction, Fantasy Cricket Tips, Playing 11, Pitch Report and Injury Updates For 1st Test

India are undefeated under Ajinkya Rahane in Tests.


India will take on defending World Test Championship winners New Zealand in the first of the two-match Test series which, will get underway from Thursday. India are always a formidable side on home soil, but they will be without their main trio of Virat Kohli, Rohit Sharma, and injured Lokesh Rahul. The focus is on Ajinkya Rahane, who will be leading the team in the absence of Virat Kohli in the first Test, whereas Shubman Gill and Mayank Agarwal will open the innings. Shreyas Iyer looks all set to make his Test debut in this game.

New Zealand, on the other hand, doesn’t have a fond memory when it comes to bilateral series against India in India. They are yet to win a Test series on Indian soil, but will be pretty optimistic of changing the history. Kane Williamson, who opted himself out of the T20I series, will return to the side.

Match Details:

India vs New Zealand, 1st Test

Venue: Green Park, Kanpur

Date & Time: November 25th-29th, at 9:30 AM IST and Local Time

Live Streaming: Star Sports Network and Disney+Hotstar

Pitch Report:

Green Park has hosted 4 Test matches in this century. It’s more of a batting-friendly surface, where even spinners will get assistance as well. The pacers won’t get much support here. Toss plays a crucial role here.

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Probable Playing XIs for IND vs NZ:


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

New Zealand

Tom Latham, Tom Blundell, Kane Williamson (c), Ross Taylor, Henry Nicholls, Glenn Phillips/Daryl Mitchell, Mitchell Santner, Will Somerville/Kyle Jamieson, Tim Southee, Neil Wagner, Ajaz Patel

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Top Picks for IND vs NZ Dream11 Match:

Top Picks ­Batters

Cheteshwar Pujara has seen lots of ups and downs in recent times. He is a dependable batter for India at the number 3 position in the Indian conditions. He has amassed 6494 runs in his 90 Test matches at an average of 45.41.

Kane Williamson is the most prolific run-scorer for New Zealand in all formats of the game over the years. He has an exceptional record against India, as he scored a Test century against this team in his debut game. He has accumulated 7230 runs in his Test career at an average of 53.95.

Top Picks ­All-Rounders

Ravindra Jadeja is a must-pick for your fantasy teams, especially in the longest format of the game. He bowls consistent line and lengths and is also a brilliant batter in the middle order. He has picked 227 wickets and also has 2145 Test runs to his name.

Ravichandran Ashwin has got an excellent opportunity to surpass Harbhajan Singh’s 417 Test wickets to become India’s third-highest wicket-taker in Tests and he just needs 5 wickets to achieve that. He has impressed with the bat and has scored runs under tough batting conditions.

Top Picks ­Bowlers

Mohammad Siraj will be the frontline seamer for India. He needs to put in the hard efforts to earn the wickets on spin-friendly conditions. He has already picked up 30 wickets in his 9 Test matches.

Tim Southee will swing the ball both ways and can cause problems with the new ball. He is currently ranked third in the ICC Test bowler’s rankings. Southee has scalped 314 wickets in 79 Test matches and scored 1728 runs as well.

Top Picks ­Wicketkeepers

Tom Blundell is expected to don the gloves for New Zealand. He has scored 572 runs in his 17 Test innings at an average of 38.1.

IND vs NZ Must Picks for Dream11 Fantasy Cricket:

Player Career Test Stats
Cheteshwar Pujara 6494 runs
Ravindra Jadeja 2145 runs and 227 wickets
Ravichandran Ashwin 413 wickets and 2685 runs
Kane Williamson 7230 runs and 30 wickets
Tim Southee 314 wickets and 1728 runs

Suggested Playing XI No.1 for IND vs NZ Dream11 Fantasy Cricket:

Tom Blundell, Ajinkya Rahane, Cheteshwar Pujara, Kane Williamson (vc), Shubman Gill, Mitchell Santner, Ravindra Jadeja, Ravichandran Ashwin (c), Tim Southee, Ajaz Patel, Mohammad Siraj

Suggested Playing XI No.2 for IND vs NZ Dream11 Fantasy Cricket:

Tom Blundell, Ross Taylor (vc), Cheteshwar Pujara (c), Tom Latham, Mayank Agarwal, Ravichandran Ashwin, Axar Patel, Neil Wagner, Ajaz Patel, Mohammad Siraj, Will Somerville

IND vs NZ Risky Captaincy Choices:

Shubman Gill is making a comeback into the India Test squad after an injury. He is a promising young kid and has got an excellent kick start to his career. You can take a risk and pick him as your fantasy team skipper.

Neil Wagner has troubled the Indian batters with short deliveries in the past. He has picked up 229 wickets in his 54 Test matches, with the best figures of 7 for 39. He is a risky captaincy pick for your fantasy teams.

Player you should avoid:

Considering a lot of options in the all-rounder’s slot, it’s hard to pick Daryl Mitchell in the final eleven.

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Disclaimer: This team is based on the understanding, analysis, and instinct of the author. While selecting your team, consider the points mentioned and make your own decision.