India & New Zealand teams were welcomed with saffron colored towels in Yogi Raj, Ram Bhajan played in the background

India, New Zealand welcomed with saffron stoles in Kanpur, Ram Bhajan played in the background

On Monday, New Zealand team reached the Landmark hotel in Kanpur for first test of the series. India and New Zealand reached to witness a grand welcome. This was not the first time when players were welcomed with saffron stoles and Ram Bhajan played in the background.

Due to bio bubble, the hotel staff did not applied teeka on the player’s forehead. The kiwis asked for the desi cuisine – Indian food instead of continental. They were served with Tandoori paratha, butter chicken, biryani and Kadhai paneer.

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The players were confused with the grand welcome, for which they were informed that the world’s largest Ram temple is going to be built in the Indian state of Uttar Pradesh.

KL Rahul out of New Zealand Test Series, Suryakumar in as replacement

On Tuesday, BCCI confirmed that the senior opener, KL Rahul has been ruled out of the entire test series against New Zealand starting from 25 November in Kanpur due to muscle strain.

KL Rahul has a muscle strain on his left thigh and will miss the Test series against New Zealand
KL Rahul has a muscle strain on his left thigh and will miss the Test series against New Zealand

Suryakumar Yadav has been included in the test squad as replacement, for two match series against the Kiwis. KL Rahul has strained the muscle injury on his left thigh forcing him to miss the series. The two match series is also the part of World Test Championship cycle 2021-2023.

India’s Test squad: Ajinkya Rahane (Captain), Mayank Agarwal, Cheteshwar Pujara (vice-captain), Shubman Gill, Shreyas Iyer, Suryakumar Yadav, Wriddhiman Saha (wicket-keeper), KS Bharat (wicket-keeper), Ravindra Jadeja, R. Ashwin, Axar Patel, Jayant Yadav, Ishant Sharma, Umesh Yadav, Md. Siraj, Prasidh Krishna

Mayank Agarwal and Shubham Gill are likely to open for the side in the upcoming series against the black caps. Earlier, it was for Gill to play in the middle order, but now with Rahul out he is set to play as opener again. Shreyas Iyer can make his debut for India in test to fill the middle order spot.

Read the earlier report on Indian Team’s Opener for New Zealand Test Series

Mahmadul Hasan Joy, Rejaur Rahman Raja new faces in Bangladesh Test squad

Batter Mahmadul Hasan Roy and fast bowler Rejaur Rahman Raja have received their maiden test calls for Bangladesh against Pakistan for the first test. The first test of the two match series begins on 26 November in Chattogram.

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Mahmadul Hasan will replace the veteran opener, Tamim Iqbal who is out of the series due to an injury. Hasan scored back to back tons for Chattogram division in the national league. While Rejaur Rahman Raja took 12 wickets for the Sylhet Division in the same league. The selector are still waiting for an update on Shakib Al Hasan for the upcoming series.

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By Shivanshu Chauhan

A Professional Cricketer for past 4 Years for the teams of Lucknow and CISCE. He keeps an eye on all the Cricket insights which sometimes professional journos lack. He Keeps the wicket on the 22 Yards and takes care of the board meetings over here. No Official Statements go off from the website because of him. He keeps you updated by breaking News both in English and Hindi.