Ajinkya Rahane, India stand-in skipper on Wednesday vouched that Shreyas Iyer will be making his Test first impression in the opening game of the two-match series facing New Zealand in the Green Park Stadium on Thursday.

Verbalizing to the media prior of the opening game, Rahane stated: “Shreyas Iyer is going to make his debut.”

India are anticipated to enter the contest with belief, having defeated New Zealand 3-0 in the recently-ended T20I series, but a gash to KL Rahul has now meant that the team will be without the services of three excellent batsmen in Rahul, Virat Kohli and Rohit Sharma.

Kohli and Rohit have been relaxed because of their workload in recent times.

India have also given break to the stars like Rishabh Pant, Jasprit Bumrah, Mohammed Shami, and it needs to be noticed what combination head coach Rahul Dravid feels comfortable with.

The spin department is well managed as Axar Patel, Ravichandran Ashwin, and Ravindra Jadeja are all handy for selection. Ishant Sharma and Umesh Yadav are anticipated to be the first preference pacer.

When it comes to the batting, Mayank Agarwal is all-set to have Shubman Gill as his opening partner.

This series will be imperative for Rahane and Pujara looking at their performances in the past.

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