IND Vs NZ: With Virat Kohli coming back to the team, it will be interesting to see India’s team selection for the second Mumbai Test between India and New Zealand. With Shreyas Iyer making a dream debut, it does not look plausible that the Mumbai batsman would be dropped from the side, especially on his home ground.
The toss at the Wankhede that was supposed to be done at 9 am has been delayed and the umpires will inspect the pitch at 9:30 am and then take a decision. The good news from Mumbai is that the sun has come out and signs are positive for the match to start.
— BCCI (@BCCI) December 3, 2021
All eyes would be on how the Indian middle-order would look like. Cricbuzz reported that Cheteshwar Pujara would be dropped and Kohli would play in his place, but we will have to wait till the toss as Mumbai is witnessing untimely rainfall.
“We have to keep the weather and changing conditions into account while discussing combinations,” Kohli said on Thursday
Yesterday’s rain and more overnight showers have left the Wankhede Stadium too wet for training today. The team will go to the ground this afternoon for a look around and to set up. #INDvNZ pic.twitter.com/gW1Lfjbrja
— BLACKCAPS (@BLACKCAPS) December 2, 2021
Will Rain Play Spoil Sport?
The India Meteorological Department said the rainfall was due to the likely formation of a low-pressure area over the east-central Arabian Sea off the Maharashtra coast and a western disturbance.
The first session on Day 1 of the Test match is likely to witness some rain but later on, the weather report is clear and there is hardly any sign of rain.
Weather Update Today (via Accuweather):
Virat Kohli on Thursday said that the Wankhede pitch rewards good batting as well as good bowling and ‘demands discipline’. “I know for a fact that all the bowlers, especially in red-ball cricket, they really enjoy playing at the Wankhede and bowling on this pitch, and the batsmen love it (as well),” he said.